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Murfreesboro City Elections results

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In a surprise upset, one city councilman was replaced and a former city employee takes an open seat on the school board in Tuesday's Murfreesboro City Election.

Madelyn Scales Harris squeezed by David Edwards to take a seat on the city council. Harris is the daughter of Robert "T-Ninny" and Mary C. Scales, who served on the city council for 28 years.

Harris displaces Edwards, who has served on the city council since 2006. He served as council representative on the Murfreesboro Airport Commission, Cable Television Commission, the Linebaugh Library Board and the Board of Zoning Appeals.

Incumbent Councilmen Shane McFarland and Doug Young held on to their at-large seats. In the Murfreesboro School Board race, former Murfreesboro Parks & Rec Director Dennis Rainier took the open seat left by David Hopper.

Incumbents Board Chairwoman Mary Wade and Board Member Ray Butrum will return to the school board next term.

Murfreesboro Mayor Tommy Bragg also held on to his seat by beating out challenger Tim Davis. Full results follow:

 
Votes
Percentage
Mayor    
Tommy Bragg 4313 67
Tim Davis 2136 33
     
City Council    
David Boyce 1436 8
David Edwards 2088 12
Madelyn Scales Harris 2397 14
Shane McFarland 3120 18
Thomas Connor Moss 450 3
Mark Nobles 1948 11
Bill Shacklett (Withdrew) 1070 6
Brian Vaughan 1829 10
Doug Young 2813 16
     
City School Board    
Ray Butrum 2336 16
Kevin Fisher 1820 12
Patrick McCarthy 2021 14
Eric Newell 2171 15
Dennis Rainier 3228 21
May Wade 3308 22

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Members Opinions:
April 21, 2010 at 3:39pm
Moving the election is not the answer, concerned citizens are needed.
I am concerned about people showing up at the November elections and pushing the buttons for people they know not of nor of their platform. Adula Abadahlah could easily be elected that way.
Why did over a thousand vote for Shacklett? Were they not educated about their vote being wasted? Was another candidate hurt by this?
April 22, 2010 at 9:10am
So 6,400 people decided who should represent a city of over 100k. Just what we need 6% or rather 4% deciding everything. i think we need to move the election and educate the voters.
April 22, 2010 at 10:12am
Two weeks or early voting, polls open all day. The other 90% just do not care. By not caring they would be the type who would push buttons for City Elections not knowing the candidates nor the issues. Is that the kind of leadership you want for our city - uneducated voters making decisions?
We know that happen in the last Presidential election and see what we have as our leader - a man with no leadership experience owned by someone who wants this country to go socialist.
April 22, 2010 at 7:12pm
i am new here in town i am a registered voter however i know nothing about any of the elected officals and would apprechaite any info ppl can give me please pass along to haydensproudpapa@gmail.com thank you
April 26, 2010 at 2:15pm
People who fail to vote will always get what they deserve. All the gripes about city government, all the complaining about waste and mismanagement and when you fnally have a chance to DO something about it, you stay home. If you haven't got time to go to the polls, quit complaining. You've gotten exactly what you had coming. More of the same.
April 26, 2010 at 2:49pm
Those who show up are in control - if you do not care, do not show up, do not vote we really do not care about you because you did not execute your freedom of elections.
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