Hamilton County general and Tennessee primary election stories

Incumbents hold Lookout commission seats

Nine candidates for political office in the Town of Lookout Mountain, Tenn., will run unopposed in November.

Incumbents Jim Bentley, Walker Jones, Carol Mutter, Brooke Pippenger and Don Stinnett are each in line for new two-year terms on the Lookout Mountain Commission, which is composed of volunteers.

Haven Glascock, James Haley and Karen Welborn ran unopposed for the Lookout Mountain school board in Thursday's primary and are unopposed in the general election. Glascock and Welborn are set to replace Sherry Pollock and Susan Probasco, who are not running for new terms.

Lookout Mountain Judge Flossie Weill also ran unopposed in the primary and is unopposed in the general election. She was sworn into the position in January after the death of Judge John Higgason.

All nine candidates appeared on both the Democratic and Republican primary ballot Thursday.


Greenholtz remains Criminal Court judge

Tom Greenholtz fended off two Republican contenders in March, winning the Hamilton County Criminal Court Judge Division II seat in a landslide.

Because no Democrat qualified, Greenholtz was unopposed on Thursday's ballot, picking up 20,354 votes.

Gov. Bill Haslam tapped Greenholtz in September 2015 to replace former Criminal Court Judge Rebecca Stern, who retired.


Johnson defends seat on Cleveland City Council

Avery Johnson, a long-serving member of the Cleveland City Council, bested colleague and incumbent George Poe in the City Council At-Large race.

Johnson, who currently serves as the District 3 councilman, has held that seat for two decades. Until recent years, he also served as Cleveland's vice mayor, a post that Poe now holds.

Johnson received 2,201 votes, nearly double the 1,282 votes received by Poe. Jonathan Porter also vied for the seat, earning 835 votes.

Tom Cassada emerged as the winner of the four-way competition to take the District 3 seat Johnson left open to challenge Poe. Larry Bryant, Pam Edgemon and Michael Plumley also sought the seat.

Incumbent Dale Hughes defeated challenger Mary Baier for the District 5 seat.

Incumbent David May ran unopposed for the District 4 seat.

In the Cleveland City School Board races, Krista McKay ran unopposed in District 2, left open by the long-serving Dr. Murl Dirksen, who did not run for re-election.

Incumbent Steve Morgan defeated Tim Rader's challenge for the board's At-Large seat, while incumbent George Meacham lost to Carolyn Ingram in the District 1 race.