Bluff City, Bristol voters elect leaders

J. H. Osborne • May 16, 2007 at 1:15 AM

BLOUNTVILLE - Mary Brown only needed one vote Tuesday. She got over 400.

Brown, the only official write-in candidate for a municipal ballot in Sullivan County Tuesday, garnered 406 votes to win a seat on the Bristol Tennessee Board of Education.

Voters went to the polls Tuesday for city elections in Bristol, Tenn., Bluff City and Kingsport.

Brown filed to be a write-in candidate after no one else picked up or filed qualifying papers to be on the ballot in the race for the Bristol Tennessee BOE's 2nd District.

Unofficial results of Tuesday's city elections in Bristol and Bluff City, according to information from the Sullivan County Election Commission:

•In the three-way race for the Bristol Tennessee BOE's 4th District: Kent Hales, 713; Vin Margiewicz, 360; Bill Alston, 125.

•For two at-large seats on the Bristol Tennessee City Council: Fred Testa, 1,078; James E. Messimer, 775; Wayne Chaney, 517; John Robert Harrison, 175.

•Also in Bristol, Juvenile Court Judge Paul R. Wohlford received 1,158 votes in his unopposed effort for re-election - and Juvenile Court Clerk Gay K. Hillman, also unopposed for re-election, received 1,139 votes.

•Bluff City voters elected three aldermen from a field of six candidates: J.C. Gentry, 135; Todd Malone, 131; Melvin K. Carrier, 116; Lon Gene Leonard, 83; Betty J. O'Dell, 81; and James A. (Jim) Embree, 78.

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