Campbell wins property assessor race
Jeremy Nash
Property Assessor Mike Campbell held on to his position in Loudon County government Tuesday, beating out Larry Brown by 2,529 votes in the only locally contested race on election day.

Campbell tallied 5,257 votes, while Brown earned 2,728 votes.

“(I'm) very appreciative and humbled with the voters enduring the long lines,” Campbell said about the election results. “I’m very appreciative of my family supporting me and being behind me. I’m very thankful for all of the voters supporting me in the sign campaign, giving words of encouragement. Just a very humbling experience.”
Campbell’s term will run through 2020.
Brown could not be reached for comment Tuesday night.
Residents also weighed in on the national Republican and Democratic primaries, as businessman Donald Trump garnered 40.24 percent of the vote among GOP candidates in the county, while former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton carried 60.53 percent of the local vote. Trump and Clinton were declared the primary winners in Tennessee.
Loudon County General Sessions Court Judge Hank Sledge ran unopposed in the election. Initially, hired to work as a judicial magistrate in July 2014, Sledge became the county's second General Sessions judge in September 2015. Sledge’s term of office will expire in 2022.
“I’ve been serving the county now since I was appointed as a magistrate for — and then subsequently as a judge — I’ve been serving the county now for a little over a year and a half,” Sledge said. “I look forward to continuing to serve the county. (I) enjoy working for the people and engaging the people that I deal with each day in court and plan to continue to serve the county by working hard and just being fair and impartial on the bench and not leaving my common sense at the door of the courtroom when I walk in and serve with humility.”
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