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Fields Unseats 3-Term Incumbent Casavant in District 2

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By David Carroll

CHATTANOOGA (WRCB)-  Three-term Hamilton County Commissioner Richard Casavant was one of two longtime elected officials ousted in Tuesday's primary election.  Two-term County Trustee Carl Levi also lost a re-election bid.

Attorney Jim Fields defeated Dr. Casavant 1263-1051, garnering just over 54 percent of the vote in the District 2 GOP primary.  There were no Democratic candidates.  Fields will face independent candidate David Cantrell in the August county general election.

Bill Hullander, who is leaving the District 9 post on the County Commission after three terms, defeated Levi in the Trustee's race 7509-4634, receiving 62 percent of the vote.

The Fields-Casavant race was the only close one on the ballot.

County Mayor Claude Ramsey defeated two opponents in a landslide, as expected.  Ramsey won a fifth term with 83 percent of the vote over Richard Rankin and Basil Marceaux.

For the second straight election, District 1 Commissioner Fred Skillern easily outpolled Laura Oakley, 1183-510, garnering 69 percent of the vote.  Skillern has served on the Commission since 2001.

In District 4, Warren Mackey easily won a second term, defeating Debbie Gaines, who had withdrawn after her name was already printed on the ballot.  Mackey received 88 percent of the vote.

In District 5, incumbent Greg Beck fought off an aggressive ad campaign from Bernie Miller, defeating him for a second straight election.  Beck almost doubled Miller, 1260-635. 

In District 7, Larry Henry sailed to a third term, defeating Gordon Anderson 1341-316, with more than 80 percent of the vote.

In District 8, where Commissioner Curtis Adams chose not to run for a sixth term, Tim Boyd edged Jack Martin in the Republican primary.  Boyd received 581 votes to 376 for Martin.  Boyd must now face Democrat Kenny Smith in the August general election.

In District 9, where Hullander is vacating the office, current School Board member Chester Bankston received 52 percent of the vote against two opponents to win a Commission seat.  Bankston got 1262 votes, to 842 votes for Gary Neil and 168 for Richard Tornquist.

District 3 Commissioner Jim Coppinger was unopposed.  District 6 Commissioner John Allen Brooks, a Democrat, will face Republican Joe Graham in the August general election.

In McMinn County, incumbent Sheriff Steve Frisbie received only 39 percent of the vote in his race against Joe Guy.  Guy will face Democrat David Guy in August. 

in Meigs County, incumbent Sheriff Walter Hickman was defeated by GOP challenger Jackie Melton.

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