Rob Mitchell, who beat Bill Boner in the property assessor race, speaks with the media Aug. 2, 2012, at the Rutherford County Election Commission in Murfreesboro, Tenn. (TMP Photo/M. Kemph)
Democrat Rob Mitchell upset incumbent Rutherford County Property Assessor Bill Boner in Thursday’s county general election.
Mitchell won with 11,320 votes to Boner’s 8,586 after a campaign frought with controversy. Boner has been accused of sexual harrassment by female employees, questionable assessments and even vandalizing Mitchell’s campaign signs in recent weeks.
In the road superintendent race, Greg Brooks won with 10,840 votes to B.J. Smotherman’s 6,829 votes and Del Corbitt’s 2,582 votes.
With all but two precincts reporting, incumbent School Board member Grant Kelly was leading challenger Coy Young by a single vote in the Zone 2 race. But after the La Vergne Lake Elementary and Leanna Community Center precincts were counted, Young won by 319 votes, 1,463 to 1,144.
In the School Board Zone 3 race, Helen Blankenship won a squeaker by 68 in what became a three-way race with Tim Holden and Veronica King-Buchanan.
Blankenship garnered 1,071 votes to Holden’s 1,003 and King-Buchanan’s 900. Scott Kozimor ended up in a distant fourth place with 204 votes.
Other candidates who ran unopposed were Bubba Jones for Road Board Zone 3, Michael Anderson in Road Board Zone 5, John Goad in Road Board Zone 7, Terry Hodge in School Board Zone 5 and David Nipper in School Board Zone 6.
Nancy Rainier and Collier Smith will both retain their seats on the Murfreesboro School Board. Both women were appointed after vacancies were filled.
State and federal primaries
Richard Garvin conceded around 8 p.m. Thursday to Dawn White in the Tennessee State House 37th District Republican primary. At 8:20 p.m., White was leading 2,156 to 767. By the end of the night, White had 3,034 to Garvin’s 1,112.
U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais and state Sen. Jim Tracy both won their respective primaries handedly.
DesJarlais won over Shannon Kelly with 10,513 votes to 3,132 in the Republican primary for the 4th Congressional District, while Tracy won with 4,467 votes to 734 over Matt Randolph in the Tennessee 14th Senate District primary.
Republican state Rep. Joe Carr beat Ryan Harring by a 3,402-1,055 vote in the Tennessee 48th House District primary.
Luke Dickerson and Spencer Douglas ran a close race for the Democratic nomination for the 34th District in the Tennessee House of Representatives. Dickerson pulled out a close win with 699 votes to 605.
State Reps. Rick Womick, Mike Sparks, Bob New and Mike Williams ran unopposed in state primary races.