Bartlett has new mayor and three new aldermen

By , Special to the Daily Memphian Updated: November 09, 2022 5:43 PM CT | Published: November 09, 2022 12:13 AM CT

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Bartlett has a new mayor and three new aldermen.

Current Bartlett Alderman David Parsons won a closely contested race for mayor, defeating Alderman Kevin Quinn, Bartlett police officer Brent Hammonds and retired Shelby County engineer John Lackey.

In unofficial return numbers, Parsons picked up nearly 41% of the votes cast. Hammonds garnered 34%, Quinn earned 22%, and Lackey got 2%.

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“I feel honored and privileged to be chosen (to) serve as mayor of my hometown,” Parsons said. “It’s very gratifying to get voted in by the citizens in a community that I grew up in and that I’ve poured my heart and soul into and care so much about.”

Parsons, owner of David Parsons Construction, has served as alderman since 2002 and also served as vice mayor.

Current Bartlett Mayor A. Keith McDonald is retiring at the end of his term after serving 20 years in the role.

Parsons plans to meet with McDonald over the next several weeks to begin the transition process.

“I fully plan to engage with and work closely with the current administration to try to set the course of action for January 1, and hopefully provide good continuity of services for the citizens and not miss a beat,” Parsons said.

Three alderman positions were on this year’s ballot.

<strong>Brad King</strong>

Brad King

Homebuilder and retired Memphis fire captain Brad King easily won the Position 1 race, defeating Casper Briggs, Jimmy Norman and Victor Read. He took 55% of the votes, with his closest competitor, Briggs, getting 20%.

“When I went into this, I knew it would take a lot of work, and I had a great support staff of family and friends,” King said. “We put everything that we could into it, and I don’t know of anything I could’ve or would’ve done different. I think the hard work paid off.”

He says he worked every minute of the 14 days of early voting, and the effort benefited his campaign.

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“I’m excited the citizens voted me in, and I’m going to continue that hard work during the next four years that I get to serve,” King said.

The longtime Position 1 incumbent W.C. “Bubba” Pleasant is retiring after 16 years.

Robert Griffin won the Position 2 seat, defeating Stephen Spencer, Thomas Stephen Jr. and Brandon Weise. Griffin tallied about 50% of the votes, with the next closest in the race, Weise, getting 19%.

“I’m excited about the possibility that the future holds for Bartlett,” said Griffin, managing director for SmartCycle and former marketing director with Memphis in May. “I enjoyed the opportunity to campaign for the past six to seven months and talk to so many voters and find out what they want to see for the future of Bartlett.”

He visited seven of the city’s nine polling locations Tuesday, and while he felt like the voter turnout was a little low, the enthusiasm from those who were there was encouraging.

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Former Shelby County Schools board member David Reaves defeated Bartlett Planning Commissioner Paul Kaiser for the Position 3 seat. That was Parsons old office that he vacated to run for mayor. Reaves took nearly 62% of the votes.

<strong>Bryan Woodruff</strong>

Bryan Woodruff

Two Bartlett City Schools board races were on the ballot, but just one was contested. In the Position 4 race, incumbent and current board chairman Bryan Woodruff defeated newcomer Aislinn McEwen, while Erin Berry won the Position 2 race without opposition. Both Woodruff and Berry have been on the municipal school district’s board since its inception in 2014.

Woodruff took more than 63% of the votes in his race.

“I’m grateful for Bartlett’s confidence in me to carry this forward for another term,” said Woodruff, who works as manager of Solutions Architecture for Lumen Technologies. “We’ve built something really special in Bartlett City Schools, something to be very proud of. Our community’s been so supportive from the beginning when I helped start the district.”

He noted a significant turnout with early voting this year, which eased some of the pressure at the various polling sites.


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Michael Waddell

Michael Waddell is a native Memphian with more than 20 years of professional writing and editorial experience, working most recently with The Daily News and High Ground News.


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