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Incumbents undefeated in MJ

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In a historic election day nationally where "change" was the theme, West Wilson voters said they were happy with their leaders as all incumbents held office.

Mt. Juliet Mayor Ed Hagerty snagged another term against opponent Jim Bradshaw in a race that was closer than some expected, winning 6,982 to 5,604.

"I am blessed, honored and privileged to continue to lead the city of Mt. Juliet for four more years," Hagerty said. "My wife and I appreciate all who have encouraged and supported us. I look forward to serving the citizens of Mt. Juliet.

State Rep. Susan Lynn trumped her democratic opponent Trisha Farmer to retain her state house seat. Lynn served in the Tennessee House of Representatives from Nov. 2002 to Nov 2010; she resumed office Jan 8, 2013 to present.

Lynn said she was grateful for the vote. "I'd like to thank the voters of the 57th district for the honor of representing them once again in the Tennessee General Assembly. I will do my very best."

Both Mt. Juliet city commissioners, District 1's Ray Justice and District 3's Art Giles ran unopposed. Both said they were humbled to serve another term.

"Election time is always a little crazy in Wilson County," Justice said Tuesday after the polls closed. "This year even unopposed is no different. I'm honored and humbled to continue to represent the people of the city of Mt. Juliet in District One as their commissioner."

Justice served 2000 to 2008 and was reelected 2012 and was unopposed this election year.

District 3 Commissioner Giles was also humble. "I am both humbled and honored that I ran unopposed and pledge to continue serving my constituents and all city citizens, the best I can for the next four years."

Writer Laurie Everett can be reached at

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