Julia Hurley, a Republican candidate from Lenoir
City, beat incumbent Democratic candidate Dennis
Ferguson for the Tennessee House of
Representatives 32nd District Seat Tuesday night
by 999 votes. Ferguson has been the state
representative for that district for 18 years.
"We are humbled by the experience," Hurley said
of her victory.
The 32nd District is primarily composed of Roane
County, where Ferguson is from, though a portion
is also in Lenoir City.
Hurley received 8,833 votes overall for the
seat, to Ferguson's 7,834. In Loudon County,
Hurley won with 852 votes to Ferguson's 505, and
in Roane County she took in 7,981 votes to
Ferguson's 7,329. "We are very appreciative of
the voters and humbled by the vote," she said.
Her focus once in office will be economic
recovery for the district. "My first focus is
going to be job creation for District 32," she
Hurley mentioned six industrial parks in the
district that need companies to move in and
boost the economy.
The Tennessee House of Representatives 21st
District seat, which covers the rest of Loudon
County, was retained by Republican Jimmy Matlock
who ran unopposed and received 11,992 votes.
State Senator Randy McNally from the 5th
District was also reelected in an unopposed
race, taking in 12,272 votes.
More than 82 percent of Loudon County's voters
agreed with the majority of the state in
electing Bill Haslam as the next governor.
Haslam received 12,553 votes in Loudon County
compared to 2,413 for the Democratic candidate
Mike McWherter. Fourteen independent candidates
for governor were also on the ballot, each
receiving less than one percent of the vote in
The United States House of Representatives 2nd
Congressional District went back to John J.
Duncan Jr., who received 12,520 votes in Loudon
County. The Democratic candidate Dave Hancock
received 1,702 votes locally.