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Incumbents Retain Seats On Brentwood City Commission

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The three incumbents in Tuesday’s race will keep their seats on the Brentwood City Commission, according to unofficial election results released by the city Tuesday night.

The three incumbents are Mayor Regina Smithson, Mark Gorman and Rhea Little. John Byers was not successful in his role as the sole challenger.

Little was the top vote getter in the nonpartisan race, with 2,782 votes or 29 percent of the total. Mark Gorman received 2,673 votes (28 percent), Smithson 2,606 votes (27 percent) and Byers 1,516 votes (16 percent).

Byers ran on a platform of reaching out to younger Brentwood residents and encouraging greater collaboration with mayors of surrounding cities on traffic and transit plans.

The incumbents defended their records at a debate last month where they presented themselves as experienced leaders who can move the city forward.

Growth and traffic are major issues for the wealthy Nashville suburb, which in addition to its own traffic sees a lot of drivers passing through to other areas.

Other issues facing Brentwood are housing for seniors and ensuring that Brentwood students aren’t rezoned to schools in other parts of the county because of growth.

The city commission has a total of seven members elected at-large for four-year, staggered terms. The mayor and vice mayor are appointed by the commission for two-year terms.

 

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