- High turnout with only two races contested for Lebanon City Council
Residents of Wilson County voted for two races for Lebanon’s city council on Tuesday, as well as constitutional amendments, efforts that led to high turnout at some of the region’s 18 voting centers.
More than 44,800 people voted in Wilson County, just under 44% of the 102,000 registered voters. More than 24,300 voted in advance or by mail, while more than 20,400 voted on Election Day.
As of 8 p.m., there were still voters in line to vote, according to the Wilson County Election Commission. Lakeview Elementary, Maple Hill Church of Christ, Charlie Daniels Community Centre, Gladeville Community Center and Saint Stephen Catholic Community were among the areas with the highest attendance.
Ward 3: Incumbent Camille Burdine won a second term in a close race against Shawn Hicks (535-444). Burdine operated on a platform of economic development, which included recruiting desirable businesses, supporting local businesses, and recruiting businesses that pay higher wages. Downtown revitalization, proper zoning and growth management were also campaign priorities.
“I think being active in the community and honestly listening to my constituents as well as the city as a whole made a difference,” Burdine said. “Above all, I think voters want to see action and hard work instead of talk.”
Hicks has been active in city politics with his wife Lorrie Hicks who has a “Sunny Lebanon” Facebook page that reports on local events.
Ward 6: Phil Morehead beat ZaBrina Seay in Ward 6 of Lebanon (1,689-414).
Morehead was a first-time candidate who traveled to every ward in Ward 6 to meet with voters in a concentrated effort to be as visible as possible.
“I think they were just happy to have someone willing to listen,” Morehead said.
Morehead advocated for standards that bring higher quality home construction, while focusing on high-level industry and corporate recruitment to attract income that will enable more residents to afford quality homes. best quality. Attracting good restaurants and better parks are also priorities.
Seay is the director of the Wilson County Department of Veterans Services, a retired US Army lieutenant colonel, and a member of Lebanon’s Zoning and Appeals Board.
Incumbent Jeni Lind Brinkman did not run for election.
Ward 4: Incumbent Chris Crowell showed up unopposed.
Two of the city commission seats were up for grabs, as both had undisputed incumbents who ran and will continue to serve — Bill Trivett in District 2 and Jennifer Milele in District 4.
Three seats from the wider council were up for a vote with the top three voters elected. Three candidates ran – incumbents Howell Roberts and Caleb Barrett and first-time nominee Kyle Stacey – making the seats effectively unopposed.
Contact Andy Humbles at [email protected] or 615-726-5939 and on Twitter @AndyHumbles.