State GOP upholds Smyth’s Primary victory

Posted on Friday, June 13, 2014 at 12:54 pm

It came down to a single vote in the May Primary, but the vote was nearly unanimous Thursday to uphold the election results that John Smyth will be the new District 4 county commissioner in Hamblen County.

In May Republican Primary Smyth had a final count of the 158 to incumbent Wayne NeSmith’s 157, with zero write-in votes.

NeSmith contested the outcome with the state party, which led to a conference call Thursday night consisting of 34 Republican State Primary Board members.

Of the voters present, only one, Fred Myers Jr., voted no. Three members, Nancy Wilson, Annabelle Woodall and John Wilkerson abstained, giving 27 votes to uphold the election results. The Primary results were certified by the state last month.

Smyth faces no competition in the August General Election.

“Every vote counts. Whether you voted for me or not, I’m here for the people of my district,” Smyth said.

Smyth said he has already been preparing for the job of county commissioner and plans to continue to attend committee and commission meetings.

-By Alethia Davidson, Tribune Staff Writer

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