Two incumbent Sweetwater city commissioners, Sam Moser and Billy “Buster” West, held onto their seats in Thursday’s city election, however, incumbent Ed Lee lost his job when all the votes were tallied.
Alan Richeson will be the new commissioner replacing Lee when he is sworn in on July 1.
It was a contentious election at times and the first contested City Commission race since 2013.
Moser was the top vote getter with 557 votes followed by West with 523 tallies. The Election Commission will certify the vote in a few days.
Richeson garnered 397 votes for the third and final spot up for grabs in this race.
“I am anxious to get started,” Richeson said on Friday, just hours after winning a seat on the City Commission.
He thanked his supporters and the volunteers who helped him campaign.
“It was a team effort,” he said. “I could not have done it all by myself.”
Richeson said he does not yet know what city department he will be in charge of and finding out that will be key to his next steps in his new role.
The other vote totals were as follows: Richard Bettis, 308, Patrick Upton 263, Lee, 260, Marlene Prater, 210, Pam Weston, 184, Ronnie “Cotton” Upton, 127, and Travis Paul, 32.
According to the Monroe County Election Commission, 1015 ballots were cast in the election with 659 of those votes cast during early voting or by absentee. There are 3,893 registered voters in the City of Sweetwater.
The Sweetwater Board of Education race was uncontested with incumbents John Fox, 749 votes, Patrick Gaines, 765 votes, and Kenzie Lovingood, 777, votes, all holding onto their seats.
Election Day was sunny and relatively cool on Thursday with the high temperature only in the mid 70s, some 10 degrees below the seasonal average.
The next election for Sweetwater is June 2021 with the mayor’s seat and the two other City Commission seats on the ballot.