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Ray, Boyce, Davis, Smith win primary

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Download precinct-by-precinct totals here. The totals on this chart do not include paper ballots and so the candidate totals on the chart are slightly different from the more-accurate totals in the story below.

County Mayor Eugene Ray and his wife Olivia enjoy a moment of exultation as Ray celebrates his victory in the Democratic primary election. Ray held an event for supporters at Shelbyville Recreation Center.
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County Mayor Eugene Ray, Sheriff Randall Boyce and Circuit Court Clerk Thomas Smith fought off challengers Tuesday to win the Democratic primary for re-election to their respective offices, while Tonya Davis defeated Jason McGee for the open trustee seat.

Because no candidates for those races ran in the Republican primary or qualified to run as independents in the general election, Ray, Boyce, Smith and Davis will be unopposed on the August general election ballot.

A total of 6,958 votes were cast, down from the 7,260 votes cast in the comparable election four years ago. All vote totals are unofficial until certified by the county election commission.

Sheriff Randall Boyce accepts congratulations after winning the Democratic primary. His election party was held at Blue Ribbon Circle.
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In the county mayoral race, Ray defeated former Shelbyville mayor Henry Feldhaus III by a margin of 4,115 to 2,635.

Ray addressed supporters during an election-night party at Shelbyville Recreation Center.

"It took a team to do this, because we have many, many good friends who did this," said Ray. "I couldn't begin to call everybody [by] name because there are so many people on the team. I appreciate everything ya'll have done and all the help and all the support, all the prayers and everything. It took everything to make it possible.

"I tell you it's a wonderful night. And I tell you what, I'm proud to be in Bedford County.

"Some things came up in this race, but we never took the low road on any of it. We kept the high road on all of it. My friends did and all of 'em.

"I'm real proud that the people spoke. I'm looking forward to four more years and giving the very best for Bedford County."

Ray, during the campaign, had pointed to first-term achievements like the creation of Middle Tennessee Education Center, centralized management of the county's finances and improvement in the county's bond rating. Feldhaus had stressed the successful industrial recruiting with which he was involved during his time in city government.

In the sheriff's race, Boyce defeated challenger Rod Stacy by a margin of 3,782 to 2,951.

"I want to thank all the voters and all the people in my department for standing by me over the last four years," Boyce said while celebrating at Blue Ribbon Circle. "We've got a lot of new things planned over the next four years."

Tonya Davis, who won the primary for county trustee, takes a call from a well-wisher during an election night party at the old Coca-Cola plant / Plantation House location on Elm Street.
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In the trustee's race, Davis, a small business owner, defeated McGee, the office manager for the county highway department, 3,742 to 2,946.

"It was a hard race, but I left nothing undone for the people of Bedford County," said Davis, who tallied the results at an event at the old Coca-Cola plant / Plantation House location on Elm Street.

Davis challenged incumbent trustee Peggy Bush four years ago, losing to Bush by a margin of 52 percent to 48 percent. Bush did not seek re-election this year.

The fact that this was a primary election, and not the general election, means that the nominees will have to wait until August before they become the official winners, and until September before they actually take office.

"It's going to take me that long to come down," said an elated Davis.

And in the circuit court clerk's race, Smith defeated challenger David Stemper, a software developer and Internet hosting provider, by 4,573 to 1,918.

Thomas Smith
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"I'm pleased with the vote I got," said Smith this morning. "Everything was fantastic. The people of Bedford County have been good to me, and I want the people to know that. I am very, very proud to be a Bedford Countian."

Smith stopped by the courthouse to check on early results before going home to hear the final totals come in.

Incumbent County Clerk Kathy Prater and Incumbent Register of Deeds Johnny Reed were unopposed in the primary for their respective races and will also be unopposed on the general election ballot. Prater drew 6,199 complimentary votes, while Reed had 6,076.

In the Republican primary, the only candidate was Rodney Guinn, a candidate for one of the two Fourth District County Commission seats. Guinn drew 41 complimentary votes. County commission races are normally non-partisan, with candidates running as independents. Guinn, as the Republican nominee, will face the two incumbents in those seats, Billy King and Jimmy Woodson, on the general election ballot in August.

--Kent Flanagan, John I. Carney and David Melson contributed to this report.

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