By CLIFF HIGHTOWER
The reaction of Spring Hill residents the day after a close election that saw the incumbent mayor win by 29 votes and two incumbent board of aldermen was pretty evident Friday.
Most didn’t even pay attention.
“I didn’t even know who the mayor was,” one man said, leaving Longview Recreation Center. “Is it Duda?”
Ward 2 Alderman Jonathan Duda lost to now Ward 2 Alderman-elect Jeff Graves. Current Mayor Rick Graham squeaked by perennial candidate Shane McMillan by 29 votes.
Election records show that only 7 percent of registered voters came to election polls Thursday and in early voting. A total of 1,769 voted in the election out of 22,911 voters.
That showed Friday.
A canvas of Longview Recreation Center, Publix, and Walmart in Williamson County and The Crossing of Spring Hill in Maury County found no residents who wanted to go on the record about their thoughts on the election. Most said they hadn’t paid attention.
“Aldermen?” One woman asked, leaving Publix. “Is that one of the candidates?”
A man leaving Longview Recreation Center said he voted, but he “didn’t pay attention” to who won.
“I know Jeff Graves won, and I knew Graham won,” he said.
Many of the campaign signs that once canvassed the roadways and the outside of Longview Recreation Center were gone by Friday. City and state officials were out of office on Friday for Good Friday, so it was unclear how long candidates have to collect their signage.
While most residents did not follow the election, they still all agreed on the same issues as residents who voted did.
“If they can fix the roads, I’ll be fine with it,” one woman said, outside Books-A-Million at The Crossing.
Cliff Hightower is the Spring Hill Associate Editor. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter @CliffHightower.