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Moss named court clerk

By Xavier Smith xsmith@lebanondemocrat.com • Dec 17, 2015 at 6:57 PM

The highly anticipated race for Wilson County circuit court clerk proved to be a close one on election night.

Debbie Moss collected 7,067 votes (36 percent) and defeated Felicia Plumlee Hale (26 percent), Bud Brandon (19 percent), and Jeff Dickson (19 percent) in a tightly contested race. 

Moss steps into the role after holding a position as the employee benefits manager in the finance department for Wilson County for the past seven years. Before that, she worked seven years in banking, seven years in public works for Mt. Juliet and three years as zoning administrator for Mt. Juliet. 

“My job is just beginning,” Moss said. “I’m ready to roll my sleeves up and get in there as soon as possible.”

Moss expressed appreciation and sympathy for her opponents.

“My heart goes out to them and I know they worked just as hard as I did. They are great. Our race stayed clean and stayed nice.”

Moss said she was pleased and thankful for everyone who helped and supported her during her campaign, especially her campaign managers, her Aunt Hallums and sister, Judy Hughes.

The Wilson County Board of Education Zone 4 member will change hands as Linda Armistead upset incumbent Ron Britt 2,038 to 1,843, a 5 percent differential. Sam Green finished with 518 votes (11 percent). 

Armistead worked in the Wilson County School system for 38 years and began teaching English at Mt. Juliet High School in 1973. In 2001, she helped organize and administer the Department of Labor and Workforce grant called YouthLinks for the Wilson County Schools until her retirement in 2012.  

 “I’ve been answering so many emails and calls that I’m exhausted,” said Armistead, “but I’m looking forward to working with Director [Donna] Wright and the rest of the school board members on making a positive future for our students and teachers.”

“I’m thankful that I have family and friends that have supported me through this effort.”

Incumbent Jim Major defeated Nick Hays 11,588 (57 percent) to 8,628 (43 percent) in the race for Wilson County trustee. 

Major enters his third term as Wilson County trustee. He said during his tenure the county saw $4 million in new revenue to the taxpayers of Wilson County for the first time in the history of the trustee’s office. 

Attempts to reach Major were unsuccessful. 

The race for constable Zone 1 had competitive results as David Shepard defeated Jacob Austin 996 to 913. William Robert Manley finished with 685 votes.

Unopposed constables included Wesley W. Thompson III in Zone 2; Glenn O. Hamblen in Zone 3; Jenny Lenning-Faulk in Zone 4; and Ronnie Greer in Zone 5.

Sheriff Robert C. Bryan, County Clerk Jim Gooddall and Register of Deeds John “Bev” Spickard retained their position as they were unopposed.

School Board members Bill Robinson for Zone 2 and Larry Tomlinson for Zone 1 were unopposed in their races. 

Andy Brummett was unopposed for the Lebanon Board of Education at-large member seat. 

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