Bradley County Engineer Sandra Knight has been elected the county’s new road superintendent.
Knight, who ran in the Republican Primary, received 58.03 percent of the 11,754 votes for that particular position during Tuesday’s election, which included no one on the Democratic ticket.
According to the unofficial results released on election night, voters chose her over former road superintendent James “Edd” Lewis. His votes accounted for 41.93 percent of the total.
While 11,754 cast votes for the Bradley County road superintendent position during early voting and on Tuesday, 1,488 of the 13,242 people who voted in the primary did not choose a candidate for that particular race.
Though voters will still be able to vote for write-in candidates during August’s election, Knight’s name will be the only one appearing on the ballot. The primary only received five write-in votes, which only accounted for .04 percent of the total.
“I’m very excited,” Knight said after the results became available Tuesday night. “I’m very humbled that the people of Bradley County voted for me.”
Lewis declined to comment on the evening’s votes after they had been counted.
However, Lewis said Monday he had decided to run because he believed his experience would be good for the department.
“We need experience running the road department again,” he said.
Though he is not the one who currently holds the position, Lewis has been Bradley County’s road superintendent in the past and served for a total of 12 years. He said his most recent run for the position was in 1986.
Knight has served as the county engineer for 17 years, but she said she decided to run for the new position because working with infrastructure like bridges and roads is her “passion.” She is already making plans for her transition into the road superintendent position this September.
In the coming months, she said she plans to work on getting everything “squared away” for the new county engineer, who has not yet been officially named.
She also plans to work with Road Superintendent Tom Collins to get a feel for the job and begin looking at things that need to be done to ensure the department runs well, she said.
“One of our challenges is going to be looking for ways to reduce costs,” Knight said.
Other priorities include making sure that some “desperately needed” repairs get done and seeing that all the department’s documents continue to be transferred to an electronic records system, which she said will help road department employees save time while out on repair calls.