Mayor Ricky Shelton makes Cookeville election history

By Michelle Price
UCBJ Managing Editor

COOKEVILLE – Mayor Ricky Shelton made Cookeville election history last night. Not only was he overwhelmingly re-elected to the Cookeville City Council with over 20 percent of the total vote but Shelton’s total vote count of 3,800 was the largest ever in the history of Cookeville elections.

“I’m very honored and humbled to be re-elected to lead our city and team for another four years. We’ve accomplished a lot in four years and I look forward to bringing many more things to pass this next four years,” said Shelton.

The Cookeville City Council will have a fresh look when the newly elected council persons are sworn in.

Joining Shelton will be three new faces. Laurin Wheaton came in second with 15.29 percent of the vote, followed by Mark Miller with 14.42 percent, and Eric Walker with 14.17 percent.

“We have three new team members and we’ll work with them and get them up to speed,” said Shelton. “I anticipate a very good transition and a good time as we work through the next four years.”

Councilman and former Mayor Charles Womack was also re-elected with 13.75 percent of the vote.

The new city council will be sworn in at the regular City Council Meeting on Aug 16 at 5:30 PM.

Michelle Price is the former managing editor of the Upper Cumberland Business Journal and can be reached via email. Send an email.

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