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VOL. 132 | NO. 190 | Monday, September 25, 2017

Arlington Election Decided, Other Political Milestones on Horizon

By Bill Dries

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With the Arlington vote count in and awaiting certification from the Shelby County Election Commission, it would seem a light election year in Shelby County is over.

The municipal elections were the only regularly scheduled elections in local politics this year.

The Arlington votes were preceded by special elections for a vacant seat on the Lakeland City Commission and a vacant state House seat representing part of Shelby County.

There could be a third special election depending on the timing of the coming U.S. Senate vote on the nomination of state Senate Republican Leader Mark Norris of Collierville to the federal court bench.

Now that the county’s only scheduled election of 2017 is over, there are other political milestones on the horizon in Shelby County politics before the new year begins. (Daily News/File Photo)

If Norris is confirmed and resigns his seat in the Legislature before Nov. 6, there will be a special election, according to Shelby County Elections Administrator Linda Phillips. If he is confirmed and resigns on or after Nov. 6, the state Senate seat would go on the ballot during a regularly scheduled election in 2018. And the Shelby County Commission would appoint someone to fill Norris’ seat until then and represent the Senate district in the Legislature when it resumes in January in Nashville.

Meanwhile, candidates in the May 2018 county election primaries can begin pulling qualifying petitions on Nov. 17 for the ballot.

Two Arlington aldermen were re-elected Thursday, Sept. 21, in municipal elections and a third incumbent alderman was upset by his challenger. And a fourth, outgoing interim alderman was elected to the Arlington School Board.

The Arlington elections drew a total of 1,112 voters – early and election day – for a turnout of 13.6 percent in the city of 8,150 voters.

The four aldermen seats and three school board seats on the ballot were for citywide positions. There are no district seats on either body.

Cheryl Pardue claimed the Alderman Position 2 seat by virtue of being unopposed at the filing deadline earlier this year. She is filling the seat held by interim alderman Hugh Lamar.

Lamar won the only contested race for school board of the three on the ballot Thursday, defeating contender Jill Yelland.

With both of the two Arlington precincts reporting, the unofficial final returns for school board Position 3 were:

Lamar 566
Yelland 513

Scott Benjamin claimed the open Position 1 school board seat, running unopposed.

Incumbent school board member Dale Viox also ran unopposed for school board Position 5.

Meanwhile, incumbent Position 6 alderman Brian Thompson lost his re-election bid by 57 votes to challenger Jeremy Biggs.

With all (both) precincts reporting, the unofficial final returns in that race were:

Biggs 564
Thompson 507

Position 4 incumbent alderman Oscar Brooks Sr. held off challengers Thomas D. Reyes and Marshall Veitenheimer to win a new term of office.

The unofficial final returns were:

Brooks 585
Reyes 416
Veitenheimer 36

Position 5 incumbent alderman Harry McKee overcame challenger Mark Strausser.

The unofficial final returns were:

McKee 621
Strausser 471

The other two aldermen positions and the remaining two school board seats, as well as the Arlington mayor’s office, are on the ballot in 2019.

RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 57 57 1,266
MORTGAGES 48 48 964
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 11 11 162
BUILDING PERMITS 87 87 2,838
BANKRUPTCIES 34 34 652
BUSINESS LICENSES 10 10 286
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 0 0 0
MARRIAGE LICENSES 0 0 0