PARIS, TN: Kustoff wins Congress seat

November 9, 2016 GMT

Former U.S. Attorney David Kustoff won the open seat representing Tennessee’s 8th Congressional District, defeating Democrat Rickey Hobson Tuesday.

Kustoff became the favorite in the heavily Republican district after winning the GOP primary over 12 opponents in August.

His victory all but assured him of a seat in the U.S. House, where he is set to replace U.S. Rep. Stephen Fincher of Frog Jump, who decided not to seek a fourth two-year term.

The district stretches from suburban Memphis through 14 other, mostly rural counties in West Tennessee, including Henry County.

In other races on the ballot locally Tuesday:

• State Sen. John Stevens, R-Huntingdon, won a new term in an uncontested race. He got 7,594 votes.

• In Paris, three members of the Paris Commission were re-elected. They were Terry Fuller, Jacquelyn Jones and Gayle Griffith.

• In Cottage Grove, David Alan Jackson won the mayor’s race. Matthew McClure and John Weiher III won two council member spots on the city’s Legislative Council.

Two spots remain unfilled, with write-ins Tuesday likely to be considered.

• In Henry, incumbent Mayor Michael Gross, along with aldermen Charles Barnes and Todd Danielson, were elected in uncontested races.

• In Puryear, Mayor David Varner was elected to another term, as were aldermen Rebecca Haynes, Bill Robinson and Mitch Sykes.

Puryear City Recorder Verla Smith also was re-elected.

Total turnout in Henry County was 13,037 votes. That’s just shy of 65 percent of the registered voters in the county.