Vaughan Claims Republican Nomination in State House District 95

By Bill Dries


Collierville Schools board member Kevin Vaughan won the Republican primary election for state House District 95 Thursday, April 27, by 49 votes over former Germantown alderman Frank Uhlhorn.

The unofficial results show Collierville alderman Bill Patton running third in the seven candidate contest.

With all 18 precincts reporting in the special election for the Collierville, Germantown, Eads district these are the unofficial results:

Vaughan 1,066

Uhlhorn 1,017

Patton 751

Missy Marshall 682

Gail Williams Horner 247

Curtis Loynachan 134

Joseph Aaron Crone 58

Vaughan advances to the June 15 special general election in the district where he will meet Democratic nominee Julie Byrd Ashworth, who ran unopposed in Thursday’s primary election, and independent contenders Robert Schutt and Jim Tomasik.

Vaughan, of Collierville, is owner of Township Development Services and Township Realty Services. He is a professional engineer and a real estate broker. He is a charter member of the Collierville Schools board, elected in 2014 to Position 1 on the board. Vaughan has also served on appointed town boards and commissions including the long range land use planning committee.

State and local Republican party leaders have urged Republicans in District 95 to take the race in the heavily Republican district seriously. They expect Democrats to make a show of force at the polls in the general election to gauge sentiment locally around the Trump presidency. And Democrats succeeded in gaining a seat in the Shelby County delegation to the Legislature last year with Democrat Dwayne Thompson’s upset victory over Republican incumbent Steve McManus in state House district 96.

Byrd-Ashworth got 363 votes in Thursday’s companion Democratic primary.

Early voting in advance of the June 15 general election runs from May 26 to June 10.

The winner fills the remaining year and a half left in the two-year term of office of Republican Mark Lovell. Lovell resigned in February, three weeks into the current legislative session after upsetting Republican incumbent Curry Todd in the 2016 Republican legislative primaries and running unopposed in the 2016 legislative general elections.

The primary and general elections in District 95 are two of three special elections this year.

Voters in Lakeland are filling a vacancy on that city’s board of commissioners with early voting in that nonpartisan contest starting May 5. Election day in Lakeland is May 25.

Arlington has regularly scheduled nonpartisan elections for three school board seats and four position on the board of aldermen.

The filing deadline for Arlington candidates is noon June 15 as voters in state House District 95 are deciding the four-way general election.