Aikens, Keller Mayors
Rebecca & Tony Aikens
|A lot of new faces will be filling positions in local
government. Notable among those will be Tony Aikens who won the race for
Lenoir City mayor and Judy McGill Keller winning the Loudon mayor's
seat. Both races were fairly close.
Aikens took the mayor's post with 865 votes or 51.4%. Former Loudon County sheriff, Joe Sims came second with 621 votes or 36.9%. Gary Aikens placed third with 197 votes or 11.71%.
The council will see at least one new face. Jim Shields will be joining re-elected councilmen, Buddy Hines and Mike Henline. Hines being the top vote getter will be vice mayor.
One of the new mayor and council's job will be to fill the vacant seat by Aikens move to mayor.
In the Lenoir City School Board race, incumbents Rosemary Quillen and Bobby Johnson Sr. both won their bids for re-election.
Loudon also has a new mayor. Judy Mcgill Keller bested the other two candidates to win the seat. Keller received 481 votes or 38.85%. Doug Lyle got 385 votes or 31.1% and former councilman Charlie Garner got 372 votes or 30.05%.
Loudon council will also have two new faces. Jimmy Parks and Judy Sampson Jones will join re-elected incumbents Lynn Millsaps and Mike Cartwright.
In the sixth district school board race, Ric Best came out on top in the three man race to take the seat.
Though Greenback mayor Tom Peeler was unopposed in his re-election bid, the Greenback council will have two new members. New comers' Becky Andrews and Dewayne Birchfield will join re-elected incumbents Sam Jackson and Polly Evans on the council.
The Loudon County Election Commission is scheduled to certify the election results on November 16th. After the certification all the newly elected officials can be sworn in to their respective positions.
New mayors elected in Lenoir City, Loudon