The new Sumner County Commission was sworn in last week amid controversy. They had to decide how to handle a tie vote for District 13’s commission race. The process resulted in commissioners, not the citizens, choosing the district’s representative.
Brenda Dotson could have been the first Democrat elected to the Sumner County Commission since the 1990s when she tied the District 13 race with Republican Terri Boyt. Instead of going to a runoff election though, the commission chose to seat Boyt.
A race for a county commission seat in Sumner County, north of Nashville, ended in a tie last month. Now the county commission has the choice to either hold a runoff or select their preferred candidate. That decision is on Thursday’s agenda. But commissioners may have already made up their mind.
It’s still not clear when school will begin in Sumner County, thanks to the ongoing fight over the district’s budget. The next move belongs to the County Commission, whose budget committee is scheduled to meet on Monday-a week after what should have been the start of the academic year.