7 Knox Co. Republicans campaign as 'next-generation,' win their races

KNOXVLLE, Tenn. (WVLT) – Election night meant a huge win for Republicans in Knox County Thursday, and several of the officials who won worked together with a unifying message.

They ere seven people with one promise -- a promise to be a new generation of Republicans in Knox County, and that was something that the voters seemed to like.

While the numbers at the polls were low, the response went in favor of one group that basically campaigned together.

Information was sent out promoting the group of seven candidates as the next generation of Republicans.

Knox County Clerk-elect Foster Arnett says, “I think we had a really attractive group of candidates that were sending out a message that we want to make a difference in Knox County."

All of those candidates won their races. Jimmy "J.J” Jones won the sheriff's seat, Foster Arnett took the county clerk's office, Sherry Witt stays in the register of deeds office, Phil Ballard won the property assessor’s race, Fred Sisk took the vote for trustee, Bill Lockett ran unopposed for county law director.

Witt says, “I think that was getting away from the old, just saying if that's what they're wanting is change, we can bring change."”

As the Republicans celebrate election day, many are focusing on the task at hand. Fred Sisk says since being appointed in February, he has slimmed down the trustee's office by five positions.

Sisk says, “We're going to operate our office as efficiently as possible, when somebody leaves the office we're not going to fill that position."

Like Sisk, Witt is not new to her office. She’s worked for the Knox County Register of Deeds for 24 years.

“I started out as a secretary, and then a bookkeeper, and the last 11 years served as chief deputy before being appointed and now elected."

Others in the group, like Foster Arnett, are new to their offices and looking to the future.

Arnett says, “Just some new people, new fresh set of eyes to kind of look at government and see what we can do to kind of straighten things up."

Foster Arnett says he will work hard in his newly elected position, and will leave it up to the public to decide how well he is doing in the future.

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