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Hagerty triumphs over Sethi for Senate seat after divisive campaign

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After running neck and neck, results from Thursday’s state primary delivered a victory to Republican Bill Hagerty over primary challenger Manny Sethi.

Hagerty accepted Sethi’s concession via a phone call during a watch party in his hometown of Gallatin.

Though Sethi received more votes in Williamson County, Hagerty received 51% of votes compared with Sethi’s 39%.

Hagerty, the U.S. Ambassador to Japan from 2017 to 2019, campaigned heavily throughout Williamson County, gaining Sen. Marsha Blackburn’s endorsement.

Hagerty will face Memphis Democrat Marquita Bradshaw in the November general election.

Bradshaw won her primary with 35% of votes. Her nearest challenger was Robin Kimbrough with 26%. Army veteran James Mackler, who won the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee’s endorsement, came in third with nearly 24% of votes.

In the race for Williamson County Board of Education, only Districts 3 and 5 were contested.

Jennifer Aprea, a former elementary school teacher, won the race to fill a vacant seat in District 5, while Eliot Mitchell, the incumbent for District 3, won his race.

Here are the candidates who will advance to November’s general election.

*Denotes incumbent


U.S. Senator

D: Marquita Bradshaw

R: Bill Hagerty

U.S. House of Representatives, District 7

D: Kiran Sreepada

R: Mark E. Green*

Tennessee House of Representative, District 61

D: Sam Bledsoe

R: Brandon Ogles*

Tennessee House of Representative, District 63

D: Elizabeth Madeira

I: Bradley Fiscus

R: Glen Casada*

Tennessee House of Representative, District 65

D: Jennifer Foley

R: Sam Whitson*


Circuit court judge

R: Mike Spitzer*

Assessor of property

R: Brad Coleman*


R: Dusty Rhoades*

Williamson County Board of Education

District 1

Angela Durham*

District 3

Eliot Mitchell*

District 5

Jennifer Aprea

District 7

Sheila Cleveland*

District 9

Rick Wimberly*

District 11

K.C. Haugh*

Franklin Special School District Board of Education 

Alicia Barker*

Robert W. Blair*

Kevin G. Townsel*

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