Bullen and Radford take two aldermen seats in Unicoi

Sue Guinn Legg • Nov 6, 2018 at 10:47 PM

UNICOI — Incumbent Alderwoman Kathy Bullen and Wanda Wilson Radford were the top vote getters in Tuesday’s five-candidate race for two seats on the Unicoi Board of Mayor and Alderman.

Bullen lead the balloting in Unicoi with 577 of total 2,436 votes cast in the race for alderman, and was followed closely by Radford with 534 votes.

Bullen, who took the current town leadership to task throughout the campaign, said the vote showed, “Clearly, the town of Unicoi is ready for a change.”

“They have looked for the truth and they believe the truth. I work for the truth and we’re going to keep moving forward.

“I’m ready and willing to work with the change on the board. And we’re good to go,” Bullen said.

Radford said she was humbled, amazed and thrilled by her election.

“First I want to say thank you. I am thankful to my Lord and Savior who guides and leads me each day, to my husband Willy and to my family and friends who have stood by me and encouraged me.

“To the citizens who voted and got out to make this happen, I look forward to serving on the board as your alderman,” Radford said.

Incumbent Alderman Roger Cooper, who campaigned with Bullen in a joint campaign flyer, finished third in the voting with 486 votes.

Charlene L. Thomas followed Cooper closely with 470 votes and Debbie Bennett finished with 369 votes.