Abston unseats Bradshaw in MJ
MT. JULIET -- Challenger Brian Abston unseated long time incumbent Jim Bradshaw for the District 4 spot on the Mt. Juliet City Commission in Tuesday's municipal election.
Abston polled 1,164 votes while Bradshaw garnered 984 votes. Abston is a husband and father of two. He's currently a member of the Mt. Juliet Planning Commission where he's served one year and 11 months.
"I thank Jim for his past service to the community," Abston said. "But I think the Providence area was ready for change and more leadership. The main thing is smart growth and infrastructure that keeps up with it. I think the ambulance service is not what it needs to be. I want to work together with everyone from day one."
Bradshaw had served five terms for the district that includes the massive Providence development. He has also served one term on the Wilson County commission.
"I'm proud to say I served in one of the fastest growing districts in Tennessee," said Bradshaw.
He said the highlight of his political career was "to see how we've grown in a positive mode."
"In the future I won't rule out politics and service to our city. Don't be surprised if I surface again to run for mayor in two years."
Vice Mayor James Maness said he was "honored to have the opportunity to serve the citizens of Mt. Juliet again," having run unopposed for his District 2 seat.
Maness was returned to office with 1,424 votes.
"It has been a privilege to serve the community of Mt. Juliet and represent District 2," he said. "When I first ran for office in 2010, there were three topics that dominated the conversation: the need for more room at city hall, a police station, and fire protection.
"I am happy to say that four years later, we can see the progress made on all fronts.
"I was appointed to work on the fire protection issue the night I sworn into office, and I am proud to say the city now has its first full-time fire department in place."
Maness said over the next four years, he "will continue to support our newly formed fire department. I also want to focus on roads, traffic and infrastructure needs.
"I am honored to have the opportunity to serve the citizens of Mt. Juliet again," he added.
Watertown Alderman's race
In Watertown, there were no challengers for two city alderman seats up for new terms. Voters re-elected incumbents Kristie Bayes Cantrell with 226 votes and Brandon Howard with 192 votes. They both will serve four more years in their respective seats.
No one ran for a third open seat left vacant by Jimmy Locke, who chose not to seek re-election.
Wilson County Administer of Elections Phillip Warren said the city council would appoint someone to the position very soon.
"The city of Watertown re-elected me," Cantrell said. "I am here to work for them. I'm their voice. I always said I'm not a politician. I'm here for the people."
She noted in two years the three other seats would be open for new terms.
Howard said this would be his fourth term. He said in the next four years he'd like to see some new businesses in the industrial park and more work on water and sewer lines.
"I'd also like to see work toward a retirement plan for city employees," he said.