By Josh Peterson, editor
Coffee County Republicans put on a strong showing in the Coffee County General Election Thursday – outvoting Democrats two to one and picking up several key seats – including the county mayor seat.
For Coffee County Mayor, Republican Gary Cordell picked up 55.55 percent of the vote with 5,628 to beat Democrat Tim Brown, who finished with 4,481 votes. Cordell will begin a four-year term as county mayor beginning in September. He takes over for David Pennington, who did not seek re-election.
“I’m glad it is over,” said Cordell. “Now I’m nervous, excited. I don’t have all of the answers. But I’m excited to work with all of the departments and the commissioners. I want to compliment Tim Brown on a good campaign; I spoke briefly with him.
“I want to thank our voters. I will have an open door policy and they are welcome to come by and talk with me anytime.”
Cordell’s win wasn’t the only win for local Republicans Thursday. Republican Craig Northcott upset longtime Coffee County District Attorney Mickey Layne with 5,482 votes to Layne’s 4,650. Layne has served 24 years as DA.
“I want to thank all of my supporters and all of those who have helped with this campaign and, of course, all the voters who voted for me,” said Northcott, who will begin an eight year term Sept. 2. “I couldn’t have done this without them. I look forward to getting busy and getting to work serving this community.”
Republican John Marchesoni defeated Democrat Rodney Banks 5,932-3,985 for the Coffee County Trustee position. For Register of Deeds, Donna Toney picked up 5,099 votes to defeat LeAnn Partin, who finished with 4,743 votes.
Incumbent General Sessions Judge Jere Ledsinger (D) held off challenger Jason Huskey by only a couple of percentage points. Ledsinger finished with 5,212 votes to Huskey’s 4,842.
Incumbent County Clerk Teresa McFadden (D) easily held off a challenge from Don Nicoll (R). McFadden received 6,239 votes to Nicoll’s 3,707.
In a three-man race, Republican Benton Bartlett won the Road Superintendent’s race. Bartlett, with 5,488 votes, beat Democrat Steve Moran and Independent Scott Hansert, who finished with 2,910 and 1,574 votes, respectively.
Out of 32,079 registered voters in Coffee County, 10,934 (34.08 percent) cast votes in the Aug. 7 election. More people cast their votes during early voting than on actual Election Day. Early voting drew 5,652 votes while 4,977 voted on Election Day.
Of the 10,934 votes cast in the election, 6,711, or 61.31 percent, were cast by Republicans. Democrats accounted for only 3,347 votes, or about 30.61 percent.