Bowlin defeats Anderson, Benton elects first female mayor
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Rita Dotson celebrates with family and friends at her Benton home. Dotson becomes Benton's first female mayor with 54 percent of the vote.
Rita Dotson celebrates with family and friends at her Benton home. Dotson becomes Benton's first female mayor with 54 percent of the vote.
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Johnny Bowlin (center) celebrates as he listens to election results alongside Marshall County Judge Executive Mike Miller (left) and Justin Lamb.  Bowlin defeated incumbent Terry Anderson with 65 percent of the vote.
Johnny Bowlin (center) celebrates as he listens to election results alongside Marshall County Judge Executive Mike Miller (left) and Justin Lamb. Bowlin defeated incumbent Terry Anderson with 65 percent of the vote.
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Staff Report

Two incumbents in Marshall County have lost their positions in today's primary election.

Political newcomer Johnny Bowlin has defeated Terry Anderson, who has served eight years as Marshall County's Commissioner in the second district. The unofficial vote was 1126-611.

Bowlin's campaign focused on creating harmony in county government, alluding to the often-contentious atmosphere of Marshall County politics in the past year among fiscal court members.

With the absence of a Republican candidate in the race for the 2nd district commissioner's seat, Bowlin has secured his spot on the fiscal court representing the county's second district.

In the race for Benton City Mayor, Rita Dotson has defeated two-term incumbent Steve Cary to become the first female ever elected to the city's top post. The unofficial vote was 522-439.

Dotson is currently serving her second term on the Benton City Council. She ran for mayor on the promise she would be a full-time employee of the city, with regular office hours.

Cary, who has been elected to two terms as mayor has another full-time job and has served in the post on a part-time basis.

In the race for Democratic candidate for third district County Commissioner, Dr. Rick Cocke has defeated Von Puckett. Cocke has served on the Calvert City Council for the past 26 years. Puckett was a political newcomer. That vote was 919-531.

Cocke will face Republican incumbent Misti Drew in November.
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