East Tennessee constable wins by 1 vote, her own

SNEEDVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- All it takes is one vote to win. Just ask a Tennessee woman who was elected constable by voting for herself.

Angela Tuttle, 32, said her father encouraged her to run as a write-in candidate because no one else was vying for one of the positions in Hancock County, which is in northeastern Tennessee.

Tuttle said her husband initially didn't even realize she was running.

"I finally told him about a month before the election," she told The Associated Press on Friday. Her husband didn't think she would win, but now he "just grins at her," she said.

Hancock County election officials said 131 voters of the 674 registered in the 3rd District voted Thursday. Tuttle's vote was the only one cast in the constable race. She will be sworn in Dec. 1.

The certified nursing assistant and mother of a 10-year-old son will help serve warrants and patrol neighborhoods in her district. She said her father, a longtime constable who won his own re-election in another district, will "show her the ropes."

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Carl E. Warner Location: Clinton, TN on Aug 10, 2010 at 06:21 PM
    The oldest candidate in the Aug 5th Tennessee election was elected constable by Anderson TN voters. World War II veteran Carl E. Warner an 86 year old WWII Marine Corps veteran will be 90 years old if he runs for r-election at the end of his four year term. Constable Warner served at Midway and in the Central Pacific during WWII. He is also an Army veteran and a retired Lt. Colonel from the Tennessee State Guard Warner is a retired professional journalist. He served as Foreign Corespondent with United Press International, Television News Producer, newspaper Managing Editor and newspaper publisher. He worked for: CBS-TV, ABC-TV and the Gannett Newspaper Chain.


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