TBA Law Blog


Posted by: Barry Kolar on May 2, 2018

New faces will fill many elected positions across Tennessee this year, following primary voting on Tuesday. Here are some of the major voting results:

• In Shelby County, the Commission will feature eight new faces. Five incumbents are term limited, two chose not to seek a second term and an eighth, incumbent Republican Steve Basar, was upset in the GOP primary by challenger Brandon Morrison, the Memphis Daily News reports. In the race for county mayor, state senator Lee Harris captured the Democratic nomination and will face Republican David Lenoir in the general election this August.

• In Davidson County, the transit referendum drew the most attention – and an overwhelming no vote – but Metro voters also chose a number of candidates in the Democratic primary who are unopposed in the general election, the Tennessean reports. Among those getting the nod from voters were Chancery Court judicial candidate Anne Martin, Criminal Court judicial candidate Angelita Blackshear Dalton, General Sessions judicial candidates Ana Escobar and Sam Coleman and Juvenile Court clerk candidate Lonnell Matthews Jr.

• In Williamson County, there will also be big changes, as three incumbent commissioners lost primary races.

• In Knoxville, attention is focused on the Knox County mayoral election, where only 17 votes separate the top two GOP candidates. Former WWE wrestler Glenn Jacobs -- known by the stage name Kane – holds the slim lead over Knox County Commissioner Brad Anders. Read full Knox area results from the Knoxville News Sentinel.

• In Northeast Tennessee, the Times News provides a rundown of election results, while radio station WNPC has results from Cocke and Jefferson County GOP primaries, including the Fourth Judicial District Circuit Court race, in which Carter Moore outpaced Lu Ann (Hatcher) Ballew, who had earlier been fired from her Child Support Magistrate position after ordering the name of an eight-month-old baby be changed from “Messiah.”

• The Secretary of State’s office has additional results from primary elections across the state.