Madeline Rogero defeats Mark Padgett in Knoxville mayor race

Madeline Rogero defeats Mark Padgett in Knoxville mayor election

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Madeline Rogero said she would work toward "a vibrant, inclusive, sustainable Knoxville." Madeline Rogero said she would work toward "a vibrant, inclusive, sustainable Knoxville."
Mark Padgett lost by taking 41 percent of the ballots cast. Mark Padgett lost by taking 41 percent of the ballots cast.

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Knoxville voters chose Madeline Rogero Tuesday as their next mayor and the first female mayor in city history.

Rogero, 59, defeated Mark Padgett with 58 percent of the ballots cast. 

In accepting congratulations from her supporters in a victory celebration at The Foundry, Rogero repeated themes she used during her campaign, saying she would work toward "a vibrant, inclusive, sustainable Knoxville."

"Your voices, all voices, will be heard in my office as Knoxville mayor," Rogero told the crowd.


Results of November 2011 General Election


After conceding the election to Rogero, Padgett told 6 News he got satisfaction in knowing he helped shape the discussion of the campaign.

"Obviously we wish it was different results," Padgett said, "but I'm so very proud of the campaign we've run and what we accomplished and how we steered the direction of the campaign."

Rogero won in her second attempt at being elected Knoxville mayor. In 2003 she lost narrowly to Bill Haslam.

Haslam later appointed Rogero as Knoxville's community development director. She also has been a Knox county commissioner, nonprofit executive and urban planner.

Voters also filled four seats on the Knoxville City Council. 

In the race for At-large Seat A , George Wallace won over John Stancil with 63 percent of the vote.

"It's humbling, really, for a number of people to vote for you in an overwhelming fashion," said councilman-elect Wallace. "It's great. It's a great feeling and a relief. So all the tired legs that I had standing out there all day are all gone, so it feels good to be here."

In the Seat B race, Marshall W. Stair won with 63 percent of votes. Bill Owen captured 37 percent of votes.

"We worked hard. I think we ran a great campaign," Stair said. "My opponent ran a great race, but we were able to pull out a solid victory. It just feels great. I want to thank all the voters and my supporters."

Finbarr Saunders won 66 percent of the vote for Seat C, to Sharon Welch's 34 percent.

"I'm delighted with the results needless to say," said Saunders. "I think Knoxville's made a really good choice. I'm humbled by that. I hope over the next four years they are proud of the choice they've made and that I'm worthy of their confidence."

In District 5, Mark C. Campen ran unopposed.

6 News reporter Samantha Saracino contributed to this report.

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