Few city residents braved the rainy weather last week to vote in the primary for three contested City Council seats. But they’ll get a second chance to choose from exactly the same candidates, minus two at-large Seat C contenders, during the Nov. 3 general election.
The Seat C field has been reduced to incumbent Finbarr Saunders and challenger Paul Bonovich, a small business owner. Saunders raked in 64 percent of votes, while Bonovich received 13 percent − just 45 votes more than third-place finisher David Williams, who had 12 percent. Kelly Absher finished fourth with 11 percent.
Dave Hart, University of Tennessee athletic director, is acting as though the Lady Vol name controversy has blown over and it is business as usual.
Hart was quoted recently as saying the Athletic Department has moved on from this controversy. Little does he understand the Tennessee mindset when he says that. He can expect to see it considered in the next legislative session when respected members like Roger Kane and Becky Duncan Massey bring it up.
Last week’s City Council candidate forum, hosted by the League of Women Voters at Clinton Chapel AME Zion Church, was the best attended of this year’s crop of forums, suggesting that voters might actually be interested in the three contested City Council seats.
The contest for at-large Seat C, now held by Finbarr Saunders, is the most interesting. Two of the four candidates will move forward to the Nov. 3 general election following the Sept. 29 primary, and two will go home. Early voting for the primary runs through Sept. 24.