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Goodall wins close race over Denny for Assessor of Property

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Stephen Goodall talks with Coleman Walker and Judge Barry Tatum, right, Thursday night at W.A.N.T 98.9 following his win. Goodall's son Crockett looks on at left. DALLUS WHITFIELD / The Wilson Post

Wilson County's newest Property Assessor is Stephen Goodall.

In one of Election Night's closer races, Goodall garnered 5,076 votes to candidate R.D. Denny's 4,154 votes.

Goodall told The Wilson Post that he promises to be "fair and honest" in his new role.

"People asked me if I was going to be nervous tonight, and I kept saying no. The only thing I was nervous about was uncertainty. I love my job (at the Wilson County Sheriff's Department) and if it didn't work out, well then I did my best," he said, before complimenting fellow candidates Denny and Howard W. Blaydes. "Everyone ran a clean race."

Former Property Assessor Jack Pratt announced earlier this year that he would not seek re-election. He served in the position for the last eight years.

Upon hearing the news, Goodall thought it would be a good opportunity to seek public office and "help people."

"I really do want to help people," he said. "I've always wanted to follow in my father's footsteps."

Goodall's dad is longtime Wilson County Clerk Jim Goodall.

Goodall is a graduate of Lebanon High School and the Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy. He was the school resource officer for Mt. Juliet High School for six years before being promoted to sergeant.

Goodall and his wife, Brandi, have been married for 15 years. Brandi is the solid gold coordinator for Wilson Bank and Trust. They have two children, Crockett, 12, and AnnaBella, 7. They are both students at Tuckers Crossroads Elementary School. The Goodalls are members of Maple Hill church of Christ.

Staff Writer Sabrina Garrett may be contacted at sgarrett@wilsonpost.com.

Wilson Assessor of Property

Stephen Goodall- 5,076

Ronnie "R.D." Denny- 4,154

Howard W. Blaydes- 1,512

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