Antoinette Lee, a field organizer for the state’s teachers union, defeated Tim Herndon on Tuesday in the Metro Council District 33. The seat is in District 33, which covers part of Antioch.
Lee defeated Herndon by 115 votes. Lee won 655 votes (55%) to Herndon’s 540 (45%), according to unofficial results released by the Election Commission Tuesday evening. This was much bigger than her 15-vote lead over him after early voting.
Lee and Herndon were forced into a runoff when neither received more than 50% of votes cast in the Aug. 15 special election.
“I’m grateful for the opportunity and the faith that my neighbors had in me to lead our district,” said Lee, who credited help from friends and family for her victory, according to the Tennessean.
Lee will replace former Councilman Sam Coleman, who was appointed in May to replace Davidson County General Sessions Judge Casey Moreland, who resigned in May amid a federal corruption probe.
The win for Lee, who is African American, means that the 40-member council will maintain its current count of 10 Black council members. Lee will also increase the number of women in the council to 16.
Lee and Herndon have been described as two candidates from opposite sides of the political spectrum.
Lee, 59, works as a coordinator with the Tennessee Education Association, the state’s teachers union, which is traditionally aligned with Democrats.
Herndon, a 53-year-old financial adviser, received support from the Davidson County Republican Party.
Herndon runs a small company with his wife called Financial BluePrint that designs and builds group insurance programs and provides HR services to companies and individuals. The Davidson County Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) endorsed him as well.
In a recent mailed advertisement, Herndon attacked Lee as a candidate who would vote to raise taxes.
Lee is to be sworn into office after the Davidson County Election Commission meets to certify the election results on Sept. 26.