The third time was the charm for Janice Bowling in her bid to get elected to an office outside Tullahoma city limits.
The Republican steamrolled to victory last night over Democrat Jim Lewis. The two were fighting for the 16th District Tennessee Senate seat left open when Eric Stewart decided to run for Congress.
Bowling won the seven-county district with relative ease, winning by 39,018 votes to 22,575 votes at press time. Bowling was ahead 63 percent to 36 percent.
Grundy County vote totals are not included.
Bowling was dominant in Warren County, winning 7,155 votes to 3,968.
“Tonight’s win is a testament to the value of a true grassroots campaign,” said Bowling. “We focused on the people and not political division. We were able to secure this victory because we approached this campaign as an opportunity to reach voters with our common sense conservative values. We built relationships in each of the district’s seven counties. We made a decision to focus on the issues and not on political division.”
It’s the third time Bowling has sought elected office outside Tullahoma where she once served as a city alderman. She was twice defeated by Lincoln Davis in a bid for Congress in 2002 and 2004.
The 16th Senate District includes Warren, Coffee, Franklin, Grundy, Marion, Sequatchie and Van Buren counties.