GOP, incumbents win big on Thursday

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Knox County Mayor Mayor Glenn Jacobs was one of many Republican incumbents to hold onto their posts on Thursday. (Source: Jacobs’s campaign website)

Republicans and incumbents won big in Knox County’s general election on Thursday, with few Democrats or independents making strong showings in the polls, according to preliminary returns.

Two exceptions were to be found in the five closely watched Board of Education races, where Democrat Katherine Bike appeared to narrowly edge out Republican Will Edwards by a margin of three points in the District 4 contest. Also, Democrat John Butler decisively won against two independent candidates in District 1.

Katherine Bike

Otherwise, Republicans took the other three Board of Education seats. Incumbents Betsy Henderson (District 6) and Kristi Kristi (District 9) handily defeated their respective challengers, and Steve Triplett beat independent challenger Dominique Oakley with 71 percent of the vote. 

Triplett won despite the revelation that he had resigned from his position as principal of a private Christian school in Ohio after he was caught misusing funds. The story was first reported by our friends over at Compass, which focuses on local politics. 

Steve Triplett

There were few surprises in other countywide races.

For instance, Knox County Mayor Glenn Jacobs easily fended off Democratic challenger Debbie Helsey with 30,300 votes to 24,512.

District Attorney General Charme Allen beat Jackson M. Fenner, a Democrat, with 30,756 votes compared to the latter’s 22,790.

Republic Chuck Cerny defeated Democrat Sarah Keith in the race for General Sessions Court Judge Division One.

The four Knox County Commission races saw a clean sweep by the GOP, with Gina Oster, Rhonda Lee, Larsen Jay, and Kim Frazier winning in Districts 3, 7, 10, and 11.

Published on August 5, 2022.