There’s about to be new sheriff in town.

Republican Chad Partin ousted incumbent Steve Graves by a margin of 485 votes.

According to unofficial results from the Coffee County Election Commission, Partin received 5,922 votes, while Graves was supported by 5,437 Coffee County voters.

An emotional Partin celebrated his victory with friends, family and supporters at West Main Brick Oven Pizza in Manchester Thursday night.

“I respect [Steve Graves],” the sheriff-elect said. “I will need his help and I want us to have a good relationship. I hope we’ll have a good transition.

“I hope what I plan on doing will be encouraged by the community,” he continued. “I respect their voices; I work for them. I’m very humbled and very thankful. Protection in a new direction starts now.”

Former Coffee County Mayor David Pennington and Independent candidate Tim Brown were both hoping to oust another incumbent, but two local upsets were not in the cards Thursday night.

The incumbent, Republican Gary Cordell, was re-elected, receiving 5,867 votes. Pennington, a Democrat, finished in second place with 3,403 votes, followed by Brown with 2,121, according to unofficial results from the county election commission.

“I’m thankful to all the voters and I’m honored to serve as your county mayor,” Cordell said.

Partin elected

An emotional Chad Partin thanked friends, family and supporters at West Main Brick Oven Pizza in Manchester on Thursday night after being elected as Coffee County’s new sheriff. Partin, a Republican, defeated incumbent Democrat Steve Graves by a margin of 485 votes.

– Staff Photo by Casey Watts


Other local races


Tullahoma Board of Mayor and Aldermen

In the general election for the two open seats on the city board, Tullahoma voters backed the incumbents.

Jimmy Blanks was the top vote-getting, earning another three-year term on the city board with 2,421 votes.

Ray Knowis also secured another term, garnering the endorsement of 1,891 Tullahoma voters.

The incumbents were challenged by Stephen B. Landers, who received 1,493votes in the general election.


Tullahoma City Schools Board

Current board members Amy Johnson and Steve R.  Lynn ran uncontested, easily securing new four-year terms.

Johnson received 2,789 votes and Lynn was backed by 2,716Tullahomans.


Coffee County Commission


All 21 seats on the county commission were on the ballot this week. However, only seven of those commissioners’ districts lie within the boundaries of Tullahoma.

In the race for the District 15 seat on the county commission, voters chose Dwight A. Miller. The Republican, the former comptroller and administrative manager of the Tullahoma Utilities Authority, received 435 votes. Democrat Clifton T. Campbell, who spent more than two decades as a member of the Tullahoma Housing Authority, received 232 votes.

Voters living in District 16 had a choice between incumbent Tim Stubblefield, a Republican, and Independent Marian Galbraith. No Democratic candidate filed to run for this seat. Stubblefield will retain his seat for another four years. Stubblefield received 551votes, compared to the 295 voters who cast their ballots for Galbraith.

District 17 voters chose Republican Tildon J. Stublefield, with 115 votes. His challenger, Democrat Jimmy Bradford garnered97 votes.

Barbara Buckner, the Republican incumbent in District 18, withstood a challenge from Democrat David E. Clark. Buckner received 273votes, compared to the 126 Tullahoma voters who cast ballots for Clark.

The election for District 19 was as close to a sure thing as you’re likely to find in politics. Incumbent Jackie Duncan, a Democrat, ran uncontested and received 179 votes. Duncan is also a longtime member of the Tullahoma Board of Mayor and Aldermen.

Rosemary Crabtree, the Democratic incumbent in District 20, found herself in the same situation as Duncan. Without a challenger, Crabtree cruised to another four-year term on the county commission, securing the support of 331voters.

Voters living in District 21 had a choice between Republican Charles Lynn Sebourn and Democrat Gwen Carr. Sebourn emerged the victor, receiving 335 votes, compared to the 172 ballots cast for Carr.


County  Trustee

Incumbent John H. Marchesoni won another term as Coffee County Trustee. The Republican withstood a challenge from Democrat Robin Dunn, who is also an alderman in Tullahoma. Marchesoni received 7,890 votes and Dunn was supported by 3,295voters across the county.


Circuit Court Clerk

Voters supported the incumbent in this race as well, with Democrat Heather Hines Duncan receiving 6,418 votes and her Republican challenger, Natalie Brooke Dotson, receiving 4,846 votes.


Coffee County Clerk

Democrat Teresa Henegar McFadden will serve another term as the county clerk, after receiving the support of 6,756 Coffee County voters. Her opponent, Republican Jenna Amacher, received 4,505 votes.


Register of Deeds

Donna Toney, who faced a challenge from Chris Elam in the Republican primary in May, withstood another challenge in the general election. The incumbent was elected to another term, receiving 6,121 votes. Her challenger this time around, Democrat Teresa Wright, received 5,086 votes.


Road Superintendent

Republican Benton Bartlett was elected to serve as road superintendent with 7,351 votes. Democrat Ronnie Dale Watts received 3,755 votes.



In the race for Constable Seat 4, representing Districts 3, 14 and 16, Republican James Sanders received 1,270votes and Democrat Danny Davis received 730 votes.

Brian Coate, a Democrat, was unchallenged in his bid for Constable Seat 6, representing Districts 15, 18 and 21. Coate received 1,139 votes.

Neither party had a candidate file to run in the primary for Constable Seat 7, representing districts 17, 19 and 20, leaving Carl D. Wilson, an independent, as the lone name on this ballot 736 votes.


State and federal primaries


In addition to making their final selections at the local and county level, voters heading to the polls in this election also cast ballots in state and federal primary races. The general election for state and federal-level offices will be held on Thursday, Nov. 6.



In a crowded Republican field, GOP voters had six names on the ballot. When the votes were counted Bill Leesecured the Republican nomination to replace term-limited Gov. Bill Haslam.

In a statement released shortly after the race was called, Haslam congratulated Lee on the victory.

“Bill is a man of strong faith and character, and I know he will lead Tennessee in the right direction. He has long been a supporter of Tennessee’s business-friendly environment, and he is committed to the education and development of the state’s workforce,” Haslam said. “Bill has demonstrated that he will put the needs of Tennesseans at the forefront of any decision he makes as governor of our great state.”

Lee also led the way in Coffee County balloting, securing 3,433 votes here. Diane Black received 2,282 votes in the county, followed by Randy Boyd with 1,277, Beth Harwell with 1,033, Kay White with 29 and Basil Marceaux Sr. with 21.

Across the aisle, Democratic voters had a choice between Karl Dean, Craig Fitzhugh and Mezianne Vale Payne.

When the ballots across the state were tallied, Dean, the former mayor of Nashville, emerged as the Democrats’ nominee for governor.

In Coffee County, Dean received 2,629 votes, Fitzhugh garnered 269 and Payne got 147 votes.


U.S. Senate

In the Republican primary to replace retiring Sen. Bob Corker, GOP voters across the Volunteer State chose Marsha Blackburn.

Coffee County Republicans agreed, casting 6,697 ballots for Blackburn, compared to the 1,021 votes her opponent, Aaron L. Pettigrew received here.

In the Democratic primary for Corker’s Senate seat, former Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen won the party’s nod statewide. In Coffee County Bredesen received 2,828 votes. Gary Davis received 168 votes from Coffee County Democrats and John Wolfe garnered 94 votes.


U.S. House of Representatives


With Diane Black entering the governor’s race this year, her District 6 seat in the U.S. House of Representatives is up for grabs.

On the Republican side, voters districtwide chose John Rose as their party’s candidate. Rose received 1,180 votes here.

Judd Matheny won the balloting in Coffee County, where he received 5,076 votes.

Of the remaining GOP candidates, Bob Corlew received 1,377 votes here; Christopher Brian Monday garnered 107 votes; and Lavern “Uturn Lavern” Vivio, received 203 votes.

Four candidates appeared on the Democratic primary ballot for the House seat, with Dawn Barlow winning the party’s endorsement. Barlow received 1,461 votes in Coffee County. Christopher Martin Finley received 494 votes, Peter Heffernan got 226 votes and Merrilee Wineger received 515 votes from Coffee County Democrats.


Tennessee House of Representatives


Current Coffee County Commissioner Rush Bricken withstood a primary challenge from Ronnie Holden to claim the GOP nomination for the 47th district in the state House of Representatives, a seat currently held by Matheny.

Bricken received 4,189 votes in Coffee County, compared to the 3,098 Republicans here who cast ballots for Holden.

Mike Winton was uncontested in the Democratic primary for the seat, easily securing the party’s nomination thanks, in part, to the 2,871 ballots cast for him in Coffee County.


State Committeeman and Committeewoman


Jerry Anderson was unchallenged in his bid for 16th District Republican State Executive Committeeman, winning the election, thanks to 6,846 votes in Coffee County.

Two women, Amanda Angel and Joanne P. Davis vied for the 16th District Committeewoman spot, with Davis taking the victory, which included the support of 3,419 voters in Coffee County. Angel received 3,154 votes here.

Both state executive committee seats were contested in the Democratic primary.

Robin E. Smith won the 16th District state committee seat, after receiving 1,443 votes in Coffee County. The other candidate, Bobby E. Bush Jr., received the endorsement of 1,281 Coffee County Democrats.

In the race for 16th District Democratic State Committeewoman, Betty Newman Fraley won the post, with the help of 1,563 Coffee County voters. Her challenger, Rupa Blackwell, received 1,224 votes here.