By EMILY R. WEST
Maintaining what they already have, voting totals show the re-election of 15-year incumbent Glen Casada to the District 63 seat.
Casada defeated his Democratic opponent Courtenay Rogers by 28,371 votes to 11,115 votes. That is with 100 precincts reporting.
Casada – who hasn’t had competitor in the general election since 2006 – said having a Democrat won was a positive for voters overall.
“It’s good for the representative form of government,” he said. “I put my ideas out there. Courtenay put her ideas out there. It strengthens and educates those thoughts.”
Casada’s said if he were elected into the next assembly, he would like to focus on roads, helping students in failing schools, aiding residents who suffer from autism, and looking at immigration issues around the state.
He and the rest of the Republican delegation stayed quiet on traffic issues last year, urging a wait and see for Gov. Bill Haslam and TDOT Commissioner John Schroer to lay out their plans. Their solutions will go before the legislature this next session. Transportation has struck a chord with Williamson voters, often touted as the number one issue.
“The suburban counties – Williamson, Rutherford – they are growing rapidly,” Casada said. “That will be what we are discussion this coming year.”
While not in favor of raising the gas tax, Casada has said in the last few weeks he would keep more of an open mind about the idea. The gas tax – which funds the state’s infrastructure – hasn’t been raised since the late 1980s.
Rogers – who conceded on Tuesday night – said running the race was worth it even though she didn’t come away with a victory.
“I am really, really proud of our team, and I am proud of the difference that we have made,” Rogers said. “I started this young. I have plenty of years to make a difference. I am not going anywhere, and I am not done fighting for change. I am done bringing groups like this together to make a difference. Ultimately, we care. We care about making a difference in Williamson County.”