Jeremy Styron | News-Herald
Myah Preciado, 4, left, watches as her father, Rudy Preciado, second from left, prepares to cast his vote Thursday at the War Memorial Building in Lenoir City, as poll workers, Faye Shults, second from right, and Judy Nelson assist.
A little more than 6,000 Loudon County residents voted to
remove two incumbents from the Loudon County Board of Education on Thursday, while one incumbent
fended off three challengers to keep his seat.
District 1, Seat A challenger Kenny Ridings
won with 452 votes to incumbent Bill Marcus' 360. Challenger Ken Hupp came in third with 286 votes.
In the Greenback district, Phil Moffett defeated Michael Phillips by garnering more than 65 percent
of the vote. Lisa Russell did not seek re-election.
District 5, Seat A incumbent Gary Ubben
held onto his seat with more than 38 percent of the vote, besting challengers Freddie Walker, Brian
Brown and Teresa Karimian.
Seat B challenger and political newcomer Jeremy Buckles defeated
Van Shaver in a closely contested race. Buckles received 792 votes to Shaver's 753.
actually wasn't that surprised," Buckles said. "We visited thousands of residents in the 5th
District and talked to many, many people, and it had become apparent that many were ready for a
change and new leadership. I'm proud and honored that they chose and elected me for that
He said he gave a lot of thought to running for the seat, but in the end was
motivated to take the next step.
"I really felt that I was being really pulled that I should
do that and went ahead and ran, and it's been such a rewarding experience," Buckles
Buckles said that when he takes his seat on the board, he would first focus on
developing friendships and working relationships with the other board members. He said he would work
to continue Director of Schools Jason Vance's vision for education in Loudon County.
that as a board we need to continue to look at Jason's mission of taking Loudon County Schools from
good to great and work with that and try to budget responsibly," Buckles said.
board Chairman Scott Newman, Loudon, and member Craig Simon, Tellico Village, ran
Ridings and Ubben could not be reached for comment.
In state congressional
races, Kent Calfee defeated Julia Hurley of Loudon County defeated in the 32nd district by a
margin of about 1,500 votes. Hurley could not be reached for comment.
Lenoir City voters also
weighed in on a couple amendment questions. On the first questions, residents voted against an
amendment to change the recorder/treasurer position from elected to appointed. The "no" vote won by
53.88 percent. About 53 percent of residents voted to change the mayor's term from two to four
Voter turnout was about 20 percent, which is similar to the last comparable election
in August 2008.