In the Third District School Board race, Candidate Doug Harris spent $28,000 but all those thousands could not put away the door to door grassroots efforts by wife, mom and volunteer Gina Oster. Harris received 1,983 votes or 49.46%, Oster received 1,580 votes or 39.41%, a third candidate Bobby Edington received 446 votes or 11.12%. So, because no one received more than 50% of the vote. Harris and Oster live to fight another day. Another day in August 2012.
In the hotly contested school board race in the Eighth District Former County Commissioner Mike McMillan apparently squeaked out a victory by defeating Husband, Father, Small Business Owner Conley Underwood. With a slim 292 vote victory, McMillan owes Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett for the win, the photograph that tabloid news paper Publisher Steve Hunley ran of Burchett shaking McMillan's hand put him over the top.
In the contested race between Challenger wife and mother of three Elaine Davis against 8 year incumbent Karen Carson in the Fifth District School Board race. Carson was able to fend off the strong challenge with a 58.02% or 3,510 votes to Davis 41.98% or 2,540 votes.
In the race for Law Director, Richard "Bud" Armstrong was able to overcome a strong Early Vote victory by Joe Jarrett by winning more votes today. So, Armstrong wins 51.84% of the vote or 19,315 votes to Jarrett's 48.16% or 17,937 votes.
In the race for Property Assessor, incumbent Phil Ballard survived a challenge by John Whitehead. Ballard received 59.46% of the vote or 22,318 votes to Whitehead's 40.54% or 15,214.
Today, I received reports of two separate incidents on activities by Phil Ballard's campaign. The first one was the cell phone photo of Property Assessor employee Rodney Lane working the Halls Precinct. The source called the Property Assessors office and asked for Rodney Lane. The source was told that Lane was on the phone with a customer.