John Cooper will replace Nashville incumbent Mayor David Briley, after Cooper defeated him in a runaway victory Thursday, by a margin of 69 percent to 30 percent, according to the Nashville Election Commission’s website.
Former Metro Council member Steve Glover, a political conservative, placed third behind Sharon Hurt and Burkley Allen and will go on to serve as an At-Large Metro Council member, according to the election commission.
Zulfat Suara, meanwhile, placed fourth and is the first Muslim elected to the council.
All of this is based on 100 percent of vote totals gathered Thursday night.
Three Metro Nashville Council incumbents, meanwhile, lost their seats to challengers Thursday.
The Tennessee Star Report provided live election night coverage on TalkRadio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC from the iHeart Media Studios at Jason Aldean’s Kitchen and Rooftop Bar on Broadway in downtown Nashville.
Tennessee Star CEO Michael Patrick Leahy was host of the broadcast. He was joined by an All-Star panel that included Ben Cunningham, Lonnie Spivak, who ran The Tennessee Star Report Decision Desk, Laura Baigert, Chris Butler and Kevin Butler. Special guests included Metro Councilman At Large-Elect Steve Glover, Carol Swain, Norm Partin, and Melissa Smithson.
In the mayor’s race, Cooper got 62,404 votes while Briley trailed far behind with less than half that tally — 27,255 votes, according to the election commission’s website.
In other Metro Council races:
• Kyonzté Toombs defeated DeCosta Hastings for the Council District 2 seat by a margin of 52 percent to 47 percent.
• Emily Benedict bested Clint Camp by a margin of 68 percent to 31 percent in the Council District 7 race.
• Ginny Welsch conquered Tony Tenpenny in the Council District 16 race by a margin of 62 percent to 38 percent.
• Brandon Taylor beat incumbent Edward T. Kindall by a margin of 54 percent to 45 percent in the Council District 21 race.
• Thom Druffel defeated incumbent Mina Johnson in the Council District 23 race by a margin of 53 percent to 47 percent.
• Courtney Johnston bested incumbent Jeremy Elrod by a margin of 55 percent to 45 percent in the Council District 26 race.
• Sandra Sepulveda beat Sherry Jones in the Council District 30 race by a margin of 62 percent to 38 percent.
As The Tennessee Star reported last month, John Cooper promised that, if elected mayor, he would give teachers, police and firefighters better pay.
Cooper also promised the city better infrastructure through what he called “effective progressivism.”
You can see the complete election results at the Davidson County Election Commission website here.
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