Two Metro Council incumbents, Jim Hodge and Anna Page, lost their re-lection bids Thursday night, while five other incumbents in the council’s 35 district races are headed to a Sept. 15 runoff.
Challenger Jason Potts had 583 votes to Hodge’s 516 in the council’s District 30.
“It’s pretty simple: hard work,” Potts said of his win.
Hodge told The City Paper he was ready to move on from his service on the council.
“I’d say the Lord has something else in mind for me to do," Hodge said.
Meanwhile, Page — who represents the Woodbine-area District 16 — had 788 votes with all precincts reporting. Challenger Tony Tenpenny, who she has beaten in past elections, had 800 votes.
Page, whose district borders the Tennessee State Fairgrounds, supported Dean’s vision for redeveloping the site. That issue — and the success of the fairgrounds referendum in Thursday's voting — may have damaged her re-election chances.
“I do believe the fairgrounds issue hurt me,” Page said. “And I believe that the lack of education on the fairgrounds hurt me.”
Asked if she could have used more help from Dean in her campaign, Page said: “I needed to stand on my own record.”