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Davis, with 147 votes, defeated Michael Gregory, who drew 136 votes, and Bill Sloan, with 55.
Vannatta had resigned his seat earlier this year due to health problems. His son-in-law Ralph Edwards was appointed as an interim replacement, and at one point picked up a qualifying petition to run for the seat, but did not turn it in.
All vote totals are unofficial until certified by the county election commission.
The only other contested local race was in Bell Buckle, where Edwina Chilton and Frank Reagor won two alderman seats in a three-way race with Willie Snell. Reagor drew 37 votes, Chilton 30 and Snell 26. In a separate race, James Anderson was unopposed for a two-year term as alderman.
Assessor of Property Ronda Clanton and Road Superintendent Stanley Smotherman, both unopposed, were re-elected with complimentary votes.
Also elected were unopposed Road Board candidates Albert Crosslin, District 1; Wayne Carter, District 2; Brent Stacy, District 3; Robert McAnally, District 4; Frank Bobo, District 5; David Gordon, District 6; Michael Sudberry, District 7; Charles Ronnie Sudberry, District 8.
There was no ballot candidate for District 9. Dianne Clanton had filed to have her write-in votes counted and received two of the four write-in votes cast, winning the seat.
In Tennessee, write-in candidates must notify the election commission in advance that they would like write-in votes counted. Write-in votes for others are ignored.
Unopposed school board candidates Dixie Parker, District 1; Michael A. Cook, District 5; Andrea Anderson, District 6; and Glenn Forsee, District 9, were also elected.
In District 8, there was no ballot candidate; John Boutwell filed to have write-in votes counted and was elected, receiving 10 of the 17 write-in votes cast.
In the party primaries, District 14 State Sen. Jim Tracy defeated Republican primary challenger Matt Randolph by a 9-to-1 margin in Bedford County. Tracy also won district-wide and will be unopposed on the ballot of the November general election. The district had previously been known as the 16th District but had its number changed as part of this year's redistricting process. It includes Bedford, Marshall, Lincoln, and Moore Counties and portions of Rutherford County.
District 62 State Rep. Pat Marsh had no opposition in the GOP primary and will have none on the ballot of the general election. The district includes all of Bedford County and part of Lincoln County.
In the 4th District U.S. House race, Bedford County voters joined district-wide voters in supporting incumbent Scott DesJarlais as the Republican nominee, over GOP challenger Shannon Kelley. On the Democratic side, Eric Stewart was the only candidate, drawing complimentary votes in Bedford County and district-wide.
Bedford County had previously been in the 6th Congressional District, represented by Diane Black, but was moved into the 4th District effective with this election cycle as a result of the 2010 Census.
In the U.S. Senate race, incumbent Bob Corker had no trouble beating a field of GOP challengers both statewide and in Bedford County. In the Democratic primary, Mark Clayton won both locally and statewide, defeating a field of candidates including actress Park Overall of "Empty Nest" fame.
Far more local residents voted in the Republican primary than the Democratic primary. Although there wasn't an overall breakdown of GOP primary voters versus Democratic primary voters, there was a race-by-race breakdown. A total of 1,822 people voted in the GOP primary for the 14th District State Senate seat, the largest number of any of the Republican races, while the largest vote in any of the Democratic races was 473 in the U.S. Senate race.
A total of 2,496 Bedford County voters participated in this election. That was light, but actually more than the comparable election four years ago, when 2,109 voted.
This was the first election since the county drastically reduced the number of precincts, from 18 to 11, and moved the locations of a few of the remaining precincts. Election officials said the election went smoothly, with only a few complaints from voters about their new precinct locations.