Spring Hill election turnout is steady, voters voice concerns

Spring Hill election turnout is steady, voters voice concerns


Kevin Gavigan stood in front of Longview Recreation Center Thursday morning holding a sign and waving.

The Ward 3 Alderman candidate hoped to rustle up last minute votes.

“I’ve gotten about a thousand smiles and a thousand waves,” Gavigan said. “Whether that translates to votes? We’ll see.”

The Spring Hill election kicked off at 7 a.m. this morning. Polls close at 7 p.m.

So far, election officials said turnout has been streaming into the three voting locations at Longview Recreation Center, Spring Hill High School and Winchester Community Building.

“It doesn’t seem like it’s been real busy,” said Ann Burns, Maury County election officer, “but, it’s been steady.”

The Spring Hill mayor’s seat along with four alderman seats are up for grabs this election.

Most of the candidates were at Longview Recreation Center Thursday sitting under tents splattered with campaign signs. Burns said almost 152 people had voted at that location by 10:30 a.m.

John and Linda Wernet live in Thompson Station and voted Thursday morning. Their number one concern? Traffic. And they took a “vote the rascals out” approach.”

“We need a new mayor,” Linda Wernet said.

Current Mayor Rick Graham is facing perennial candidate Shane McNeill in Thursday’s election. Other races include Ward 1 Alderman Amy Wurth running unopposed, Ward 2 Alderman Jonathan Duda against challenger Jeff Graves, Ward 3 Alderman Keith Hudson versus Kevin Gavigan and two new candidates, Doug Holtz and Vincent Fuqua, vying for an open seat in Ward 4.

Patricia Morrison, a Spring Hill resident, also voted Thursday morning. She voiced frustration at the current Board of Mayor and Alderman.

“Vote them out,” she said. “Vote them out. Vote them out.”

Cliff Hightower is the Spring Hill Home Page associate editor. Contact him at cliff.hightower@homepagemediagroup.com or follow him on Twitter @CliffHightower.

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