State race

Newly elected 45th District state Rep. Johnny Garrett was congratulated by supporters at an election night party at the Rudder at Anchor High on Tuesday.  TENA LEE 

Voter turnout for Tuesday’s federal, state and local elections looked more like a Presidential election than it did a mid-term election with several voters saying they were more interested in casting votes in the U.S. Senate race than any other race on the ballot.

In all, 66,136 of 110,386 registered voters cast ballots throughout the county. That number includes 35,928 early and absentee ballots cast.

In contrast a total of 39,432 people voted in Sumner during the 2014 mid-term elections.

During the 2016 presidential election 72,406 voters cast ballots.

Here’s how the candidates for federal and state offices affecting Sumner voters fared:

In the race for Governor, Republican Bill Lee, a Nashville businessman, defeated Democrat and former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean with more than 60 percent of the vote.

In the United States Senate race Republican Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn defeated former Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen with more than 55 percent of the vote.

In the United States House of Representatives 6th Congressional District, Republican John Rose defeated Democrat candidate Dawn Barlow with more than 70 percent of the vote.

Rose, a farmer and small business owner, will replace outgoing U.S. Rep. Diane Black of Gallatin.

The Cookeville resident holds a Master’s of Science degree in agricultural economics from Purdue University and a law degree from Vanderbilt University.  

In the Tennessee House of Representatives 40th District, Republican Incumbent Terri Lynn Weaver won without any opposition.

Republican Incumbent William Lamberth defeated Democrat Rachel Mackey for a fourth term representing the 44th district in the Tennessee House of Representatives by a margin of 70.42 percent to 29.49 percent.

A former assistant district attorney, Lamberth was first elected to the House in 2012.

In the Tennessee House of Representatives 45th District race, Republican Johnny Garrett of Goodlettsville defeated Democrat Hana Ali by a margin of 69.8 percent to 30.12 percent.

Garrett, who will replace outgoing Rep. Courtney Rogers, said that he first wanted to congratulate his opponent on running a positive, first-class campaign.

“Given the climate of politics today, I think that was an important piece of this,” he said.

Garrett, who is a local attorney, said that he hopes to focus on maintaining safe neighborhoods; luring more good paying jobs to the area and “keeping the sense of our community as we know it here in Middle Tennessee.”

Garrett is a graduate of the University of Tennessee and the Nashville School of Law. He has served on the boards of several organizations including the Board of Directors for Goodpasture Christian School, the Volunteer State Community College Foundation, Goodlettsville Help Center, United Way of Sumner County, and the Salvus Center.

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