Huntsville cleans house; Trump is favorite in Scott County

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It was a shakeup in Huntsville as longtime mayor George Potter was ousted by challenger Dennis Jeffers during last week's general election.
Jeffers won the seat with 369 votes compared to Potter's 209. One Huntsville resident wrote in a candidate, according to records from the Scott County Election commission.
Along with a new mayor, Huntsville will see two new alderpersons as Jaimi Lloyd and Jim Morrow collected 363 and 299 votes, respectively. Paul Lay and Jody Newport will return, though Newport's victory was slim. He beat incumbent alderman Steven Asberry by just two votes. Mark Love received the fewest votes at 199. Two residents selected write in candidates.
Lloyd, a lifelong Huntsville resident received the most votes in the race for alderman.
"Really, I was kindly surprised. I thought I could get in, but I didn't know I'd be the top vote getter," he said Monday afternoon.
Lloyd said he's concerned with making town business accessible to the public.
"I just want to bring the town back to the town. We're gonna have the meeting to where the town people can get there. Instead of having them in the middle of the day, we're gonna have them in the evening," he said.
Currently, Huntsville's mayor and aldermen meet on the third Thursday of each month at 3 p.m. Lloyd would like to see that moved to 6 or 7 p.m. to accommodate those who work during the day.
Jeffers and Morrow could not be reached before the News deadline.
In the presidential election, Scott Countians overwhelmingly opted for Donald Trump. The billionaire received 6,044 votes--a total of 84.56 percent. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton relieved 934 votes. Only 80 Scott Countians voted for libertarian candidate Gary Johnson.
US Rep. Chuck Fleischmann(R-Chattanooga) will serve a fourth term in congress after he received 4,795 votes. His democratic challenger, Melody Shekari, received just 731 votes in Scott County.
In Winfield, Opal Anderson retained her seat as an alderwoman, while Bob Strunk was chosen over Bobby Trammel. Strunk received 144 votes. Trammel received 116.
State Sen. Ken Yager(R), who ran unopposed, received 5,493 votes of confidence. Another 37 voters chose to write someone in. State Rep. Kelly Keisling(R) defeated his democratic challenger F. Mike Campbell 5,063 to 904.
A total of 7,203 people cast their ballots in the election, though that represents just 44.86 percent of eligible voters in Scott County.

Presidential write-ins include celebs, God and Jesus
Not everyone was happy with this year's presidential nominees and took their frustrations--and their faith--to the polls.
While a handful opted for legitimate write-in candidates, a few got sarcastic, humorous, and even religious, according to Gabe Khran, Scott County's administrator of elections.
Seven people wrote "anyone else," while Darth Vader, Flo from Progressive, Tom Petty, Spongebob Squarepants, and Fred Flintstone each receiving nods from voters. Hank Williams Jr., was also a popular choice, receiving four write-in votes. Williams was in Scott County for a concert in September. God and Jesus each received a handful of votes as well.

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