The Metro Council’s 40-member roster is set after five previously undecided district races produced winners Thursday night in runoff elections that drew sparse overall turnout.
Outcomes yielded no upsets.
Headlining Thursday’s results, Scott Davis trounced former councilwoman — and lightning-rod-of-a-figure — Pam Murray in the contentious East Nashville District 5 race, finishing with more than twice as many votes. Murray, ousted from office two years ago through a recall, was seeking to reclaim her seat held by outgoing Councilman Jamie Hollin.
Davis bested Murray by an 805-329 margin, capping a race that saw volunteers from competing teams butt heads at poll locations during the earlier August election. Tension heightened in recent weeks when one of Murray’s nephews turned himself into police for physically assaulting another during a campaign yard sign altercation.
“District 5’s campaign — not my campaign,” Davis called the win. “Me and my neighbors worked hard night and day. We knew we had to win by significant numbers.
“We are a district united,” he said.
Other winners were Brady Banks over Dave Patterson in District 4; Peter Westerholm over Dave Rich in District 6; Josh Stites over Marilyn Robinson in District 13; and incumbent Councilman Robert Duvall over Page Turner in District 33.
The first council meeting featuring newly elected members is scheduled for Oct. 4. Thursday’s runoff elections featured the top two finishers of races that failed to produce winners with more than 50 percent of the votes last month.
In the race that garnered the greatest turnout among the five runoffs, Westerholm won convincingly over Rich, who led an aggressive campaign, but came up well short in the end. Westerholm won the East Nashville seat with 1,092 votes compared to 721 for Rich.
Duvall, the only incumbent council member forced to the runoff, looked in jeopardy of losing his Antioch-area seat when early vote totals showed him trailing by 10 votes. But, he ultimately defeated Page Turner — backed by Mayor Karl Dean — by a 663-516 margin.
“I knew then that it was definitely going to be a tight race,” Duvall said. “I won because of the tremendous amount of people who helped me. It was their victory, not mine.”
In the other two races, Banks, a former aide to the mayor, emerged victorious over Patterson, 649 votes to 451.
Stites, finishing with 617 votes, beat former NAACP president Marilyn Robinson, who collected 405 votes.
All Thursday winners were first-place finishers in the August general election.
The night proved fairly positive for conservatives, who kept Duvall on the council and elected Stites over the Democrat-supported Robinson.