The results of the Brentwood City Commission race were released Tuesday night, and the three incumbents retained their seats.
Current Mayor Rhea Little, Mark Gorman and Regina Smithson were the top three vote getters with challenger Gina Gunn coming in fourth.
A total of 4,376 of the city’s 35,075 registered voters cast a vote, good for 12.48% of the community.
Little took home the most votes with 3,665; Mark Gorman received 3,389 votes, and Smithson came in third with 3,376. Gunn finished with 1,027.
Early voting results showed Little again receiving the most votes, with 2,729. Smithson received 2,519 during early voting, with Gorman registering 2,513 votes. Gunn had 731.
“We broke 1,000 votes, and this is music to my ears,” Gunn said. “As the Terminator said, ‘I will be back.’ This is a win for me, and a win for Brentwood. People voted who had never voted before. The future looks bright for someone to run — me, or someone else. Because I ran, we got more African American voters out for the first time. This is not a loss; it is a win.”
Here’s what the incumbents had to say Tuesday night after the results were released:
“Thank you so much to the citizens of Brentwood for the honor of serving Brentwood for the next four years,” Little said. “It is truly because I love Brentwood that I serve. It is so humbling that so many people help me and support me and encourage me as I serve as a commissioner. A great big thank you to Brentwood for allowing me to serve.”
“I am honored and humbled to have the opportunity to serve the Brentwood residents for another four years,” Gorman said.
“I am grateful to the people of Brentwood who voted for me and will continue to represent everyone in Brentwood,” Smithson said. “I love this city, and it is an honor to continue serving as commissioner and look forward to four more years of serving our community.
“We will continue to ‘Keep Brentwood on Track.’ That is not just a slogan, it is a way of life we have developed here through hard work, vision and people working together. What we have accomplished and will continue to accomplish in Brentwood is remarkable. We have kept the vision our forefathers had for Brentwood and will be able to continue to do so.”