The county general and state primary elections ended with several newcomers being elected and several longtime incumbents retaining their seats.
Several incumbent county commissioners were re-elected as were challengers:
- District 1 – Incumbents Rusty Wooten and Sheila Barlow defeated challenger Rod Hickman. Hickman is also running to be Covington’s mayor.
- District 2 – Incumbent Michael W. Naifeh and challenger Justin Gangaware defeated Charles Maxwell and Ryan Ripperton. Longtime District 2 commissioner Tommy Dunavant, who serves as the county emergency management agency director, decided not to seek re-election.
- District 3 – Incumbent Richard Kelley and challenger John Anthony Mashburn defeated Steve Bringle. Longtime commissioner Jeff Mason did not seek re-election.
- District 4 – Incumbent Walker Adams was re-elected and Brett Giannini, a longtime Atoka alderman, was elected. Current commissioner Stephen Shopher ran for the county executive seat in the Republican primary.
- District 5 – Randy Roe was elected and incumbent Glenn Turner was re-elected. Longtime commissioner Bob Wilson did not seek re-election.
- District 6 – Incumbents Jimbo Adkins and Michelle Smith defeated challenger Caleb Holt.
- District 7 – Incumbent Courtney Fee challenger Brad Case defeated Christie Jarvis. Longtime commissioner Harold “Poochie” Twisdale, decided to step away from the county commission.
- District 8 – Incumbents James “Lamont” Sneed and Cecil G. Watson defeated Charles Woelm
- District 9 – Incumbents Jonathan Murphy and David Copeland ran unopposed
Circuit Court Clerk
One of the most contentious races was that for circuit court clerk. With 52.7 percent of the vote, Mike Forbess, who’s been in office for more than two decades, won re-election over challenger Scottie DeLashmit.
Local attorney Kasey Culbreath was elected 25th Judicial District Chancellor, Part 2, a seat formerly held by Martha Brasfield. Brasfield has retired.
The following ran unopposed or won their primary in May:
- Weber McCraw, Circuit Court Judge Part 1
- Blake Neill, Circuit Court Judge Part 2
- William C. “Bill” Cole, Chancellor Part 1
- Mark E. Davidson, District Attorney General
- Bo Burk, Public Defender
- Jeff Huffman, County Executive
- Kristie Glass Maxwell, County Trustee
- Bill Peeler, General Sessions Judge
- Shannon Beasley, Tipton County Sheriff
- Mary Gaither, County Clerk
- Claudia Peeler, Register of Deeds
- Brian “Moody” Max, Constable (Dist. 1)
- Chris Fisher, Constable (Dist. 2)
- Curtis Mayo, Constable (Dist. 4)
- Darren Smith, Constable (Dist. 5)
- James “Shugs” Stroud, Constable (Dist. 6)
Those who’ve been elected to county and school board positions will take office within the month.
Bill Lee is the only Republican in the primary for governor. He received 4,479 votes in Tipton County (62 write-ins).
Democrats gave J.B. Smiley five more votes than Jason B. Martin, 362-357. Carnita Faye Atwater received 284 votes. At press time, Martin was leading Smiley with 93 percent of precincts across the state reporting.
U.S. House of Representatives, Dist. 8
Rep. David Kustoff (R) won his primary, defeating Danny Ray Bridger Jr., Gary Dean Clouse, and Bob Hendry. In Tipton County, he received 86 percent of the vote. The areas east of Hwy. 51 are included in District 8.
Lynnette P. Williams won the democratic primary and will challenge Kustoff. In Tipton County she received 290 votes (58.9%).
U.S. House of Representatives, Dist. 9
Rep. Steve Cohen (D), who has represented the areas of Tipton County west of Hwy. 51 since the state was redistricted earlier this year, won his primary. He received 444 votes (85.38%).
At press time, Charlotte Bergman (R) was leading Brown Dudley in the republican primary. In Tipton she received 996 votes (47.95%) to Dudley’s 946 (45.55%).
Tennessee House of Representatives, Dist. 81
Rep. Debra Moody (R) ran unopposed in the primary. She will face opposition in the election by independent candidate Nick Sawall of Atoka.
State Committeeman, Committeewoman, Dist. 32
Lee Mills (R) was unopposed in his run for state committeeman. Charlotte Kelley (R) and Deborah Reed (D), will be on the ballot for committeewoman.
The state primary election will take place in November along with the municipal elections. The qualifying deadline for the municipal elections is Aug. 18.