Elections Today in Knoxville

From the News Sentinel:
It’s election day in Knoxville, where voters will make their picks for mayor, four council members and a municipal judge.
The stakes are high for the city’s leadership. Except for the judgeship, none of the city offices includes incumbents. The 68th mayor will succeed Bill Haslam, who stepped down when he was elected governor.
…..In addition, there’s a special primary election today for the 6th District state Senate seat, vacated by Jamie Woodson, who resigned last summer to become president and CEO of an education reform organization.
The Republican primary features three women — Victoria DeFreese, Becky Duncan Massey and Marilyn Roddy. The winner will face Democrat Gloria Johnson in the Nov. 8 general election.
The balloting so far has been light. Only about 8 percent of the city’s 100,000 eligible voters cast ballots for mayor during early voting.
Early-voting turnout also has been low in the special Senate primary, with 11,528 votes cast by the 126,590 eligible voters in the district.
The race for mayor, meanwhile, could hypothetically end today. If any of the five candidates get more than 50 percent of the primary vote, a winner will be declared with no runoff. But if no candidate reaches the 50 percent threshold, then the top two vote-getters will advance to the November general election.
The five mayoral candidates are E-911 dispatcher Bo Bennett, 25; Ivan Harmon, 63, a former city councilman, county commissioner, school board member and retired city worker; former City Councilman Joe Hultquist, 58; Mark Padgett, 33, owner and CEO of a software company; and Madeline Rogero, 59, former county commissioner and former director of the city’s Community Development Department.
Regardless of their margins of victory, the two top vote-getters in each council race will advance to the November general.

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