Michael Whisenant

Michael Whisenant speaks to Joe Young and Jack Atchley at the Lincoln County Election Commission tonight after being declared the winner of the Fayetteville mayor's race, according to unofficial results.

Michael Whisenant has been elected mayor of Fayetteville, according to unofficial results.

Whisenant, who currently serves as alderman, earned 1,002 votes, compared to 948 votes for challenger, Jeff Bradford, a long-time law enforcement officer here.

In the race for three alderman seats, top vote getters were Dorothy Small with 1,266 votes; Jeff Alder, 1,211 votes; and Donna Hartman, 937. The fourth highest vote getter, Tonya Allen with 651 votes, will also fill a seat, vacated by Gwen Shelton who announced her resignation from the board effective after this election.

With Whisenant winning the mayor’s race, his seat as alderman will also be vacant. In 2011, the Board of Mayor and Aldermen adopted an updated charter, clarifying the process through which a vacancy on the City Board is filled. Prior to that, the board had traditionally elected the fourth highest vote-getter from the city ballot to fill a vacancy, but the practice was not a guarantee. The 2011 charter, adopted by the board after an almost two-year process and ratified by the state legislature, then signed by the governor, mandates that the fourth highest vote-getter fill a vacancy. The charter, however, does not address the possibility of a fifth position – while the fifth vote-getter could be selected, it will be up to the new mayor to bring forth a name of a person who would meet qualifications and then be voted upon by the board.

Rachael Martinez earned 605 votes, for fifth place. There were 405 write-in votes. Jon Law earned 385 of those write-in votes in his bid for alderman.

Final Unofficial Totals for Lincoln County

Governor: Dean, 2104; Lee, 8107

US Senate: Blackburn, 7945; Bredesen, 2436

District 4 House: DesJarlais, 8132; Phillips, 2154

District 62 State Rep: Davis, 1146; Marsh, 4152

District 92 State Rep: Coffey, 866; Tillis, 4237

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Michael Whisenant wins mayor’s seat with 1002 votes to Bradford’s 948, according to unofficial totals.

According to unofficial totals, winners are Small, 1266; Alder, 1211; Hartman, 937. Fourth highest, Tonya Allen with 651 votes, will also fill a vacated seat.

Martinez earned 605 votes. There were 405 write-in votes. Jon Law earned 385 of those write-in votes in his bid for alderman.

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Incumbent Dorothy Small, the highest vote getter in the city alderman race, speaks to Joe Young and Jack Atchley at the Lincoln County Election Commission tonight.

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Tonya Allen, the fourth highest vote getter, has earned a seat on the board of mayor and aldermen. Here, she speaks with Joe Young and Jack Atchley at the Lincoln County Election Commission tonight.

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Jeff Alder, the second highest vote-getter in the race for aldermen seats, speaks with Jack Atchley at the Lincoln County Election Commission after unofficial totals were announced.

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Donna Hartman, the third highest vote getter, according to unofficial results, speaks with Jack Atchley at the Lincoln County Election Commission tonight.

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Final Unofficial Totals for Lincoln County

Governor: Dean, 2104; Lee, 8107

US Senate: Blackburn, 7945; Bredesen, 2436

District 4 House: DesJarlais, 8132; Phillips, 2154

District 62 State Rep: Davis, 1146; Marsh, 4152

District 92 State Rep: Coffey, 866; Tillis, 4237

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With all but one city precinct reporting, totals are, for mayor: Bradford, 852; Whisenant, 912 

Aldermen: Alder, 1112; Allen, 583; Hartman, 837; Martinez, 535; Small, 1146; write in, 382

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Early vote for Mayor: Bradford, 640; Whisenant, 680

Early vote for Aldermen: Alder, 837; Allen, 418; Hartman, 607; Martinez, 382; Small, 868; write ins, 277

Early vote for Governor: Dean, 1156; Lee, 3987

Early vote for US Senate: Blackburn, 3911; Bredesen, 1311

Early vote for District 4 House: DesJarlais, 4005; Phillips, 1162

Early vote for District 62 State Rep: Davis, 666; Marsh, 2320

Early vote for District 92 State Rep: Coffey, 402; Tillis, 1817

Early votes for city school board seats. All three candidates will be elected. Clark, 1016; Murdock, 894; Whitmore, 995.

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Armory precinct, Mayor: Bradford, 74; Whisenant, 85 

Armory precinct, Aldermen: Alder, 76; Allen, 76; Hartman, 75; Martinez, 62; Small, 122; write in, 11

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Cumberland Church, Mayor: Bradford, 138; Whisenant, 147 

Cumberland Church, Aldermen: Alder, 199; Allen, 89; Hartman, 155; Martinez, 91; Small, 156; write in, 94