By CONNIE ESHThe Wilson Post
Wilson County Election Commission voted 3-2 to retain Lynn Harris as administrator of elections during the panel’s meeting on Wednesday.
The election came with a bit of drama as a member of the audience, former Mt. Juliet mayor Kevin Mack, stood up and suggested the panel name Rob Shearer, a former Mt. Juliet city manager, to the post.
Mack cited concerns with holding early voting in Mt. Juliet in the past as among his reasons for wanting Shearer to be named as administrator.
The meeting was the first with Republican members now holding the majority on the panel. There are three Republicans and two Democrats serving as members.
The meeting began with the two Democrats, Bob Haley and Ronnie Kelley, nominating Republican member Delores Mackey to serve as chair. The other two Republicans, Jan Williams and Phillip Price, nominated Kelley to serve as secretary.
Mackey then asked if there was any new business, and Haley moved to keep Harris as administrator of elections, a position she has held for more than 30 years. Kelley seconded the motion.
Price noted he wanted to nominate Shearer, but Mackey said the commission had to vote on the nomination that was on the floor before proceeding.
She asked for a show of hands to keep Harris, and she, along with Haley and Kelley voted in favor with Price and Williams voting no.
Between 50-60 people attended the meeting with many speaking in favor of retaining Harris. And many of the speakers identified themselves as being Republican. They mostly noted that Harris has been fair and non-partisan in her dealings with candidates for office and the public and also noted her years of experience.
District 23 Wilson County Commissioner Bernie Ash had been mentioned as a possible replacement for Harris, but his name never came up during the meeting.
See Friday’s print edition of The Wilson Post for more on this story.
Staff Writer Connie Esh may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.