City Cafe Straw Poll Shows Tight Races

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City Cafe patrons weigh in on the upcoming election, showing some races will be very close if their straw poll ballots are any indication.

In races for County Commission, District 7 between incumbent Republican Mike Kusch and Democratic challenger Jennifer Edwards was dead even - 18 votes each. District 15's race between Republican Craig Harris and Democrat David Settles gave Harris a one-vote win. Other close races in District 4 between Jon Jaques (JAKES) and Robert Peay and District 21 between incumbent Chantho Sourinho and Patsy Briley will be ones to watch.

The straw poll results show Bill Ketron defeating Heather Brown for County Mayor and Mike Fitzhugh winning his race for Sheriff. The results also show a particularly close race for County School Board, Zone 1 between Dow Smith and Tammy Sharp. Smith received just three more votes.

Political newcomer Ronnie Martin received more than double the votes for Murfreesboro City Council at 54 than the second place vote getter Rick LaLance, who had 23. Madelyn Scales Harris came in third with 19 votes, but just six votes back were both Nancy Rainer and Shawn Wright with 13 votes.

Becky Goff received the most votes for Murfreesboro City School Board with 30. Seven more than incumbent Phil King and 12 more than Roseann Barton.


In statewide races, Bill Lee won the poll in the Republican primary for Governor. Scott DesJarlias edges Jack Maddux by seven for the U-S Congress. Dawn White received 47 votes to Ernest Burgess' 20 for State Senate.

In the only contested primary race for state House, incumbent Republican Mike Sparks and Tim Morrell each received 21 votes.


You can view the results on our website, We have a link to the full results. And when the actual votes are tallied, you can count on NewsRadio WGNS to bring you complete election coverage. Both on-air and online, we will follow the races until winners are known.


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