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Sue Vanatta

LADIES NIGHT -- Five women are elected
Wilson County Commission will have 10 new faces taking the oath of office at the Sept. 15 meeting.

Of the 10 newly elected individuals, five are women, two of which previously served as commissioners – District 21’s winner Cindy Forbes Brown and District 24’s winner Joy Bishop. This will bring a total of eight women serving on the county court.

Of the five new men elected, only one, District 25’s winner Jim Emberton, has previously served on the county commission.

Winners in the 2014 Wilson County Commission race, with unofficial totals, are:

•    District 1: Incumbent Becky Sevier retained her seat with 498 votes, while challenger Scott Leslie received 223

•    District 2: Adam Bannach faced no opposition and received 414 votes. Bannach previously served as the District 18 commissioner until moving out of his district late last year.

•    District 3: Bobby Franklin received 438 votes while Paul Harvey received 278

•    District 4: Incumbent Chad Barnard solidly defeated challenger Sam “Bodock” Saylors by 663 to 167 votes

•    District 5: Incumbent Jerry McFarland had no opposition. He receive 956 votes

•    District 6: Incumbent Kenneth Reich received 548 votes, 120 more than challenger Kevin M. Graves

•    District 7: Incumbent Terry L. Scruggs won re-elected handily with 456 over challengers Scott Brady, who received 159 votes, and Joshua Hinerman, who had 144 ballots cast for him.

•    District 8: Incumbent Frank Bush won re-election by almost 100 votes with 390 over current District 2 Commissioner Terry Duncan, who now lives in District 8 due to redistricting in 2010. Duncan received 293 votes.

•    District 9: Incumbent Sara B. Patton won her seat again in the closest commission race of them all with 318 votes, just 24 votes more than challenger Jason Haley’s 294. Gary Tarpley received 238 votes, while James Copas got 108 votes in the four-way race.

•    District 10: Incumbent Dan Walker, who was appointed to his seat in March of this year following the death of long-term commissioner Fred Weston in February, ran unopposed and received 675 votes.

•    District 11: John P. Gentry, who ran for the seat vacated by Jim Bradshaw who did not see re-election, received 853 votes. He was unopposed.

•    District 12: Former long-term Wilson County Sheriff Terry Ashe won the seat vacated by long-term commissioner Billy Rowland with 534 votes. In the three-candidate race, Terry McPeak received 412 votes, while John Szente received 30.

•    District 13: Sonja L. Robinson defeated incumbent Clint Thomas by 560 votes to 332.

•    District 14: Incumbent Jeff Joines easily won re-election with 647 votes to challenger Jason Henry’s 267.

•    District 15: Incumbent Mike Justice faced no opposition and received 673 votes.

•    District 16: Diane Weathers, wife of Wilson County Board of Education Chair Don Weathers, defeated incumbent Jason Brockman by 100 votes – 420 to 320.

•    District 17: Incumbent Gary Keith received 824 votes, the most of any candidate in the commission races. He was unopposed.

•    District 18: Incumbent Terry Muncher, who had no opposition, received 611 votes. Muncher was appointed in January to fill the seat vacated when Bannach resigned his seat due to moving out of his district

•    District 19: Incumbent William Glover III won re-election with 538 votes, 409 more than challenger Dennis Little.

•    District 20: Incumbent Annette Stafford faced no opponent and received 280 votes.

•    District 21: Cindy Forbes Brown, who previously served as a county commissioner, defeated incumbent Eugene Murray by 44 votes – 265 to 220.

•    District 22: Incumbent Wendell Marlowe was re-elected by 56 votes. He received 333 while challenger John Jankowich received 277.

•    District 23: In a three-way race, incumbent Bernie Ash lost to Sue Vanatta, who will retire as who is the President and CEO of the Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce. Vanatta received 737 votes to Ash’s 571, while Robert Pelt received 97.

•    District 24: Former county commissioner Joy Bishop defeated incumbent Paul Abercrombie by 208 votes – 447-239.

•    District 25: Former commissioner Jim Emberton won in the four-way race with 361 votes. He defeated incumbent Randy Hall, who received 268 votes; Luther C. Lenning who got 135 votes and John Wayne Hamblen, who had 107 ballots cast for him.

Amelia Morrison Hipps is a correspondent for The Wilson Post. She may be reached at

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