AREA COUNTY MAYOR VOTE TOTALS
Gregg Ridley (R) -- 979
Rodney Warran (R) -- 377
Michael Brady (D) -- 1,174
Ralph E. Rieben (D) -- 930
Lonnie D. Cleek (D) -- 663
Wanda J. Meeks (D) -- 429
Emily C. Partin (D) -- 352
David Jackson (D) -- 1,703
John Graham (D) -- 1,676
John Gentry (R) -- 4,187
Kelly Shepherd (R) -- 2,468
Charles Carter (R) -- 442
Tim Yates (R) -- 2,551
Bob Lovingood (R) -- 1,655
Ira D. Lee (R) -- 726
William T. Bell (R) -- 246
Jim Stutts (D) -- 690
Hoyt Firestone (D) -- 1,754
Blake Rymer (D) -- 1,262
Scott Yates (R) -- 298
David Dishman (R) -- 232
Note: All results are unofficial until certified.
Even before primary votes were counted Tuesday night, Paul West knew he had a place on the August general election ballot in Marion County, Tenn.
That's because West, an alderman in the city of Jasper, was the only Republican candidate for county mayor.
He was one of a number of unchallenged candidates who sat back Tuesday night and watched as contenders from the other party battled it out for a place on the August ballot.
West will face Democrat David Jackson, who got 1,703 votes Tuesday -- enough to beat incumbent Marion County Mayor John Graham, who had 1,676 votes.
"We had a good, clean race," Jackson said. "I'll be out there hitting the pavement, talking to as many people as I can [for the August election]."
While Democrats have dominated in Marion County, West, who got 485 votes, thinks he's got a shot in August.
"It's definitely been strongly Democrat, but it seems to shifting a lot more Republican, now," he said of Marion County.
Other election results were as follows:
Incumbent Bledsoe County Mayor Bobby Collier, a Democrat, ran unopposed Tuesday. He received 339 votes. Collier will face Republican challenger Gregg Ridley, who got 971 votes -- more than twice the 397 votes garnered by his Republican opponent Rodney Warran.
Incumbent Grundy County Mayor Lonnie Cleek, a Democrat, lost his shot at re-election to Larry Brady. Cleek got 663 votes to Brady's 1,174 votes. Also on the Democratic ballot were Ralph Rieben, 930 votes,Wanda Meeks, 429 votes and Emily Partin, 352 votes. Brady will face Republican Aubrey Harper in August.
In the three-way Republican McMinn County mayoral race, incumbent John Gentry took a commanding lead. At the final tally, Gentry had 4,187 votes. Challenger Kelly Shepard took second with 2,468 votes. In third was Tracy Carter, with 442 votes. There was no Democratic candidate, which essentially makes this Gentry's re-election.
Incumbent Republican Mayor Tim Yates won the hotly contested Republican primary.
Yates had 2,551 votes when the final tally was done. Republican challenger Bob Lovingood followed with 1,655. Next was Irad Lee with 726 votes and William Bell with 246.
Democrat Jim Stutts got 690 votes.
Polk County totals showed that mayoral race incumbent, Hoyt Firestone, won the Democratic primary with 1,754 votes. Fellow Democrat Blake Rymer came in second with 1,262.
Firestone will face Republican candidate Scott Yates, who got 298 votes, beating Republican David Dishman, who received 232 votes.
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