Jerry Mitchell emerged as the clear winner in three-way race for the District 2 City Council seat Tuesday, earning a more than 50 percent majority of votes cast and putting to rest speculation of a possible runoff election.
Mitchell, a former city Parks and Recreation director, defeated Priscilla Simmons and Roger Tuder, who were also seeking the seat. Mitchell pulled down 1,593 votes (54 percent) in Tuesday's election, while Tuder and Simmons pulled down 965 and 356 votes, respectively.
Mitchell succeeds Councilwoman Sally Robinson, who announced last September she would not seek re-election after serving three terms on council.
Mitchell will be sworn into a four-year term April 15.
District 2 covers the areas of Lupton City, North Chattanooga, Northgate, Riverview and Stuart Heights.
Updated @ 3:45 p.m. on 4/9/13 to correct a factual error: The new city government leaders will be sworn into their posts April 15, not April 19, as originally reported.