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Brock, Hunter win bids for Johnson City Commission

Zach Vance • Updated Nov 6, 2018 at 11:16 PM

Johnson City voters elected incumbent Jenny Brock and newcomer John Hunter to the City Commission, according to the Washington County Election Commission’s unofficial results.

Brock led the five-candidate field by earning 12,028 votes, or 39.91 percent of the total. Hunter, a Johnson City Board of Education member, placed second with 6,224 votes, or 1,537 more votes than third-place finisher David Adams.

“I absolutely want to thank the people who supported me,” Brock said while celebrating her win with family and friends at Knight’s Pizza in Johnson City.

“It’s been a great process this election cycle to get out and really talk to people. I think the thing that’s really surprised me the most is seeing how engaged people are, and people knowing what’s going on.”

Adams received 4,687 votes or 15.55 percent. Gray resident Jeff Clark, who was endorsed by the Washington County Democratic Party in the non-partisan election, placed fourth with 3,736 votes or 12.40 percent. William “Bud” Hill Jr. garnered 3,294 or 10.93 percent of the total votes to round out the field.

Brock, the current vice mayor who was first elected to the City Commission in 2013, said she believes her overwhelming support is evidence that citizens like the direction Johnson City is heading.    

“Obviously, it’s a real honor to see the support I’ve gotten. I think that’s a pretty good referendum that the direction Johnson City is going, people want to see continue, and I do, as well. That’s why I decided to run for one more term, and I think we’ve got a lot of exciting things that are going to help Johnson City grow,” Brock said. 

Hunter, who will be leaving the Board of Education after serving for five years, said he was excited to serve alongside Brock and the other three commissioners. 

“To be a part of the city’s leadership team is a great honor, and I’m looking forward to it. Absolutely,” Hunter said. 

Hunter said he believes his experience on the school board has primed him to be an effective and efficient commissioner. He’s also served on various nonprofit boards and committees, including the planning commission and Seniors Center board. 

“Yeah, on many levels. One (the city school system) is a huge component of the city’s budget overall. It’s also been a huge piece of what’s made Johnson City, as a whole, successful. Our education system is a big draw when people are looking to relocate here,” said Hunter, who was endorsed by the Washington County Republican Party. 

Adams, a computer science major who wanted the city to focus more on the technology sector, congratulated Hunter and Brock on their victories, saying Johnson City made a “wise and safe choice.” He also said he will likely run again for City Commission in 2020. 

“Jenny Brock and John Hunter both bring proven practical experience and can hit the ground running to solve tomorrow’s problems. If I weren’t in the race myself, this result is what my ballot would have reflected,” Adams said. 

“I’d like to thank everyone who supported me and my campaign — this has been a great learning experience and I don’t plan on letting your hard work go to waste.” 

Because Mayor David Tomita did not seek re-election, Brock said she will certainly be pursuing the mayoral role once the new board is seated in December. 

“I’m ready, willing and able,” she said.

Brock and Hunter join Commissioners Joe Wise, Todd Fowler and Larry Calhoun. Calhoun was appointed last month to fill the final two years of the late Ralph Van Brocklin’s term.

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