Mason, Hopper re-elected in low turnout primaries

May 7, 2022

On Tuesday, Smith County voters cast ballots in the first of three elections for 2022. For the first time in county history, primaries were held for locally elected officials, with only 29.7% of registered voters going to the polls. The winners of the party primaries move on to the county general election in August as nominees for their party; however, two races served as de-facto elections, with only Republican candidates qualified for the County Mayor and Sheriff’s races.

Riddleton resident Art Shady challenged first-term County Mayor Jeff Mason in the mayor’s race. Mason won the Republican nomination and presumptive general election victory with 2,937 votes to Shady’s 532 votes. Mason will begin serving his second term after the August election.

Incumbent Sheriff Steve Hopper faced opposition from Scott Moore, Captain and Public Information Officer for the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office, for the sheriff’s race. Steve Hopper earned the Republican nomination and will be elected to a fourth term during the August elections.

In the race to succeed retiring Trustee Lee Ann Williams, Julie Wright defeated Jackie Gentry 2,385 to 898. Wright will serve as the Republican nomination for Trustee in the August election. Independents Ronnie Lankford and Craig Williams will also appear on the ballot during the general election.

The fourth and final contested primary was for County Commission District 5 – Gordonsville. Danny Irizarry, Steven Lish, and Eddie Stout earned more votes than incumbent Linda Nixon in the Republican primary. In August, the three will appear as the Republican nominees against Independent Blake Richmond.

The remaining races were uncontested, and all candidates moved on to the general election in August. You may see the complete list of election results here.

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