NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – With all eyes on the presidential primaries in Tennessee, there was also a metro race on Tuesday’s ballot that raised some eyebrows.
Former Metro Councilwoman Vivian Wilhoite scored a major upset in the Davidson County property assessor race.
With no Republicans on the ballot, Wilhoite beat out long time courthouse figure George Rooker Jr., in the Democratic primary.
On Wednesday, Wilhoite attended a city-wide prayer at Corinth Baptist Church, where she spoke to the crowd.
Wilhoite’s win was likely helped by stronger voter turnout, especially among minorities.
She campaigned to provide more public education, strengthen outreach efforts, advocate for people with special needs and increase diversity in the office.
“I want to see us represent and be an office that’s represented by the number and the minority of the women in this city that makes up this it city. We all need an opportunity at the table,” Wilhoite told the crowd.
She told News 2 her community engagement campaign will continue as she works to get everyone’s vote regardless of their affiliation on Aug. 4.
Wilhoite will be the first African-American to hold the Davidson County Property Assessor position.
Rooker has held the assessor role for the past eight years.