School board, State House victors celebrate election night


When Beverly Burger, 1st Ward Franklin Alderman, quieted the lively group of supporters at Brixx in Franklin, she had one statement.

Everybody won.

Burger was referring to the string of school board victories that elected Dan Cash to District 2, Candace Emerson to District 8, Beth Burgos to District 10, Susan Curlee to District 12, as well as the reelection of State Rep. Glen Casada.

All were in attendance at the Franklin restaurant located on McEwen Drive to celebrate what Curlee called a victory in a fight.

In the face of awful behavior we showed we can rise above it, Curlee said.

The four newly elected school board candidates ran on strictly anti-Common Core, Christian platforms.

People ask where are the Christians? Well people, look around, Cash said.

I am very thankful for the many, many Christian patriots who supported us on this venture. Im excited to get on the school board and get to work.

Burgos reiterated similar sentiments, and cited the countless doors she knocked on to better understand what the citizens of the county wanted.

Were honored and privileged to represent the citizens of Williamson County. Im looking forward to being their voice, and I give God the glory, she said.

Emerson, the last to arrive at the party, was greeted by a thunderous round of applause from her supporters dressed in her campaigns anti-Common Core shirts.

I am so excited about the opportunity to move Williamson County and the state of Tennessee up the ranks. [Tennessee schools] are ranked 41st out of 50, and we can work out of that, she said.

And we can do that without Common Core.

Casada, who defeated challenger Cherie Hammond, said the work to defeat Common Core has only just begun.

Were honored by the margin of victory, and were honored to carry the conservative message of Williamson County back to the senate for two more years.

The majority of school board incumbents ousted in Fridays election opted to spend the evening at home with family and supporters. However, District 12 incumbent Vicki Vogt, trumped by Curlee, went to Bleachers Sports Grill in Franklin with those who supported her campaign.

I ran a clean campaign, and Ill always find avenues to be involved, Vogt said. But the numbers were close; Im not reading my concession speech just yet.

Vogt pulled in 968 votes; Curlee received 1,180.

The District 12 victor commented at the election office before heading to Brixx that she had no idea what the outcome would be Friday, but that she was relieved it was over.

One of the biggest things [to help my campaign] was going door to door and really talking to people, Curlee said.

There was a lot of negativity out there primarily targeting the challengers. I did catch the brunt of it, and I hope people saw me take the high road.”

Asked what her first item of business would be as a soon-to-be board member, Curlee said she was just trying to enjoy the moment right now but looks forward to conversations with board members.

A more low-key reception took place at Pucketts Grocery downtown Franklin in celebration of District 61 State House Rep. Charles Sargents reelection.

Sargent was victorious over newcomer Steve Gawrys by a narrow margin, bringing in 4,404 votes by Friday evening compared to Gawrys 4,148 votes.

The challenger spent election night at a private party in Brentwood while Sargent celebrated with family, friends and supporters, and District 65 incumbent Rep. Jeremy Durham, who ran a successful campaign as well against Democratic challenger Bill Peach.

I knew it was going to be close with the school board candidates who supported Gawrys talking against me, but I wasnt going to campaign negatively. Thats not my personality, Sargent said.

People know what Ive done, he added in regard to his successful campaign. Whether its getting rid of the inheritance tax to lowering the sales tax on food, I think the majority of voters like what I do.

Cherie Hammond attended a private party at a house in Franklin and told friends she was forever grateful for their support.

“We didn’t win tonight, but we are victorious. We trust in the Lord, and we know that we have done well. We will continue to stand and we will stand again, she said.

We stood against politics as usual, and we stood against PAC money. We don’t know where our paths go from here, but I love this county with all my heart. I gave my best for the last 16 years and will continue to give my best for the rest of my years.”

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Kelly Gilfillan is the owner-publisher of Home Page Media Group which has been publishing hyperlocal news since 2009.

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