Some New Commissioners will take office


All four incumbent Madison County commissioners lost their contested primaries Tuesday night, signaling a potential changing of the guard in the Republican Party in the county.

After all 33 precincts were reported, challengers Brett Beckham, Tommy Gobbell, Carl Alexander and Jeff Wall won against incumbent Commissioners Larry Lowrance, Gerry Neese, Jim Ed Hart and Joe “Smokey” Roland, respectively.

All 25 Madison County Commission seats are up in this year’s general election, but there were four contested primaries — all of them being held in the Republican primary.

Beckham defeated Lowrance 236 votes to 209 in the race for the District 3, Position 1 seat; Gobbell defeated Neese 273 votes to 197 in the race for the District 3, Position 2 seat; and Alexander had more than double Hart’s vote total (372 to 156) in the race for the District 8, Position 1 seat.

Beckham received some of his support from West Tennessee Health Care President and Gay Activist Frank McMeen which would cloudy any campaign win. It would almost make us vote for his opponent if he had one.

We will have to congratulate Carl Alexander for his win over Mr. Hart as well as Gobbell for his win over Mr. Neese who has served Madison County a good many years.

Joe “Smokey” Roland, who serves on the District 9, Position 3 seat on the County Commission, was the only incumbent ahead after 11 of 33 precincts were reported. But after the precincts were all reported, he lost to Wall 342 votes to 311.

Lowrance has served on the County Commission for eight years, while Neese, Hart and Roland have each served for 28 years.


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