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Shane McFarland will trade his seat on the City Council for the mayor’s post after rolling to victory in Tuesday’s election.

McFarland captured 5,315 votes, 68 percent, to City Councilman Ron Washington’s 2,474, 31.7 percent, in the mayoral race with 31 of 31 precincts counted and early voting totals in.

“I’ve had a great team,” McFarland said in the aftermath at Maple Street Grill, noting his campaign group worked to get out a message touting his eight years of experience on the council.

The mayor-elect emphasized the need to bolster Murfreesboro City Schools, in addition to improving customer service for city residents and focusing on small business development.

City voters also picked newcomer Rick LaLance and incumbents Madelyn Scales Harris and Doug Young to serve four-year terms on the City Council and newcomer Phil King and incumbents Nancy Rainier and Collier Smith to serve on the City School Board.

The Rutherford County Election Commissioner reported voter turnout at 7,927, or 11.3 percent of the city’s registered voters. They overwhelmingly backed a referendum to move the city election to coincide with the county’s August general election by 6,512, 85.7 percent, to 1,082, 14.25 percent.


Mayoral race

Shane McFarland: 5,315 – 68.09 percent

Ron Washington: 1,568 – 31.69 percent

City Council race

Rick LaLance: 4,962 – 24.62 percent

Doug Young: 4,420 – 21.93 percent

Madelyn Scales Harris: 3,893 – 19.32 percent

Brian Patterson: 2,267 – 11.25 percent

Candy Roberts Joyce: 2,156 – 10.70 percent

Stephen Shirley: 986 – 4.89 percent

Jeff Rainwater: 791 – 3.93 percent

Axl David: 633 – 3.14 percent

City School Board race

Nancy Rainier: 4,109 – 23.61 percent

Collier Smith: 3,859 – 22.18 percent

Phil King: 2,595 – 14.91 percent

Kevin Fisher: 2,379 – 13.67 percent

Novonda Lilly: 1,498 – 8.61 percent

Geoffrey Robert Burns Herring: 1,478 – 8.49 percent

Wesley Ballard: 1,434 – 8.24 percent

Referendum to move election date

Yes: 6,512 – 85.75 percent

No: 1,082 – 14.25 percent

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April 16, 2014 at 8:07am
I'm wondering how many people actually took this city election serious? I don't know how many people are eligible to vote in Murfreesboro, but I'm sure it's more than 7789 (total number of votes counted in mayor's race). Hopefully people will become more aware since the city election will be moved to August in 2016. Who knows?? But, I feel like the election yesterday was bogus!!
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