Experience counts in assessor’s race
Posted: Friday, August 6, 2010 9:06 pm
By: Donna Ryder, Associate Editor
By DONNA RYDER
It appears experience in the property assessor’s office may have been the upper hand when Obion Countians selected a successor for Kathy Roberson.
Judy Smith won the highly-contested race, which had a field of six contestants, with a total unofficial vote of 1,819.
Gordon Fox garnered the next highest number of votes with 1,108; Steve Goodrich had 896; Rana Buchanan, 854; Mike Cary, 386; and Steve Rice, 233.
Mrs. Smith has been employed in the assessor’s office for 31 years and serves as chief deputy.
She is the daughter of Ruth King of Troy and the late Jimmy King and is married to Timothy Smith. They have three children: Timothy Smith, Allison Baldwin and Todd Smith; and four grandchildren.
Mrs. Smith told The Messenger she is very excited about the opportunity to be the county’s next property assessor and looks forward to the challenge.
“I’m very excited and I’m very thankful to all the people who helped and to all my co-workers,” she said. “I could not have done it without all the people who were out putting in good words for me and helping me put out signs. I’m very thankful.
“I’m looking forward to working with all the people and letting them know I’m going to be here,” she added.
Mrs. Smith said she was blessed to have made many new friends while campaigning in recent weeks and “they’ll continue to be friends.”
Other votes in the county general election included:
• County Mayor — Benny McGuire, 4,319.
• County Trustee — Lori Seals, 4,322.
• General Sessions Judge — Jimmy C. Smith, 4,247.
• Sheriff — Jerry Vastbinder, 4,480.
• Circuit Court Clerk — Harry Johnson, 4,224.
• County Clerk — Vollie Jean Boehms, 4,426.
• Register of Deeds — Vicky O. Long, 4,356.
• Kenton Special School District Gibson County trustee — Richard Skiles, 149.
• Kenton Special School District Obion County trustee — Jason S. Williams, 129.
• Obion County School Board District 2 — Tim Partin won with 468 votes. Charles L. “Donnie” Noles received 279.
• Obion County School Board District 4 — Willis Easley won with three write-in votes.
• Obion County School Board District 6 — Fritz Fussell won with 512 votes. Lyn G. Maloney received 379.
• Obion County Commission District 1 — Winners were Ralph Puckett, 429; Andy Crocker, 344; and Donnie Braswell, 328. William R. “R.K.” Kane received 278.
• Obion County Commission District 2 — Winners were Kenneth N. Barnes, 573; Allen Nohsey, 501; and Dean Jowers, 452.
• Obion County Commission District 3 — Winners were Danny C. Jowers, 419; Kenneth Frank Cheatham, 417; and Tim Doyle, 328.
• Obion County Commission District 4 — Winners were H. Dwayne Hensley, 321; Richard E. Arnold, 301; and Norma W. Fowler, 297.
• Obion County Commission District 5 — Winners were Paul Albright, 370; Jerry W. Grady, 356; and Terry P. Dwyer, 258.
• Obion County Commission District 6 — Winners were Terry Roberts, 580; Ned Bigelow, 538; and W. Polk Glover, 489. Perry Barfield received 428.
• Obion County Commission District 7 — Winners were Jim Bondurant, 694; Sam Sinclair Jr., 582; and Cloney Taylor, 493.
• Rives mayor — Stan Powell won with 33 write-in votes. Danny Summers received six.
• Rives aldermen — Winners were Perry Jenkins, 77; and James “Jay” Howard Moore Jr., 68. A third alderman seat is available.
In the state primary elections, Obion Countians favored Bill Haslam for governor, as did voters state-wide, and Ron Kirkland for United States House of Representatives for the 8th Congressional District on the Republican ticket. Steve Fincher actually won the GOP primary for United States House of Representatives with 35,016 votes, or 49 percent of the vote. Kirkland came in second with 17,638 votes, or 24 percent, while Memphis radiologist and broadcaster George Flinn had 17,309 votes, also 24 percent. Fincher will face Democratic candidate Roy Herron, who overwhelmingly took the Obion County votes, in November. Mike McWherter was unopposed on the Democratic ticket for governor.
Unofficial votes from Obion County included:
• Tennessee governor —
Democratic primary: Mike McWherter, 1,860;
Republican primary: Bill Haslam, 1,267; Ron Ramsey, 576; Zach Wamp, 525; Joe Kirkpatrick, 217; and Basil Marceaux Sr., 25.
• United States House of Representatives for the 8th Congressional District —
Democratic primary: Roy Herron, 1,701; and Kimberlee E. Smith, 246.
Republican primary: Ron Kirkland, 1,336; Stephen Lee Fincher, 1,271; George Flinn, 207; Randy Smith, 62; and Ben Watts, 15.
• Tennessee House of Representatives 77th District —
Democratic primary: Judy Barker, 2,043.
Republican primary: Bill Sanderson, 2,301.
• State Executive Committeeman for the 24th District —
Democratic primary: Toney G. Campbell, 710; and Aaron A. Patton 492.
Republican primary: Kurt Holbert, 1,528.
• State Executive Committeewoman for the 24th District —
Democratic primary: Paige Burcham-Carlton, 1,410.
Republican primary: Christi Cross, 1,148; and Marilucile Counce, 519.
Also on the ballot were two questions pertaining to the retention of Supreme Court Judge Sharon Gail Lee and Tennessee Court of Appeals, Eastern Division Judge John W. McClarty. Obion Countians voted 2,249 to 1,153 to retain Judge Lee and 2,233 to 1,109 to retain Judge McClarty.
Staff reporter Chris Menees contributed to this article.
Published in The Messenger 8.6.10