BRISTOL, Tenn. — Vince Turner and Mahlon Luttrell easily won the two at-large seats on Bristol Tennessee City Council on Tuesday.
Turner led the six candidates, winning 30.2% of the vote while Luttrell followed at 27.7%, according to unofficial vote totals Tuesday night. The two winners were followed by Miles Vance at about 20%, Steve Willinger at 12.3%, David Chapman at 8.8% and Danny Lee McDonald at 1%.
Turner and Luttrell will replace council members Michelle Denise and Jack Young, who did not seek reelection.
“I’m ecstatic,” Turner said. “We worked hard. Everyone on the campaign worked hard.”
Turner, 49, is the assistant vice president at U.S. Bank and owner of Tidewater Medical Solutions. He had the support of several business leaders of the Twin City and the surrounding region and ran on the platforms of keeping taxes where they are, making it easier to do business in the city and keeping young people here.
Turner ran unsuccessfully for a council seat in 2013.
Luttrell, 64, is president of Bristol Baseball and manager of the Bristol Pirates. He prioritized making the city a more attractive living destination for young people and said he would focus on economic growth by attracting new businesses and strengthening existing ones.
Luttrell said Tuesday night that he appreciates the clean race waged by the other candidates. He added that he and Turner have a lot to live up to once they officially join the council in July.
“We’ll have to work hard to make all this happen for the city of Bristol,” Luttrell said.
Turner said he expects that he and Luttrell will work well together.