Ken Smith defeated incumbent Councilwoman Pam Ladd Tuesday, scoring a majority of votes to become the next representative on Chattanooga City Council for District 3.
Smith, who is a chief information officer for The Johnson Group, ran as a conservative alternative to Ladd, who was first elected to the council in 2009. He tallied 1,459 votes (58 percent) in his win.
Ladd, who currently serves as council chair, scored 1,031 votes (41 percent).
Despite being a newcomer to council, Smith has served on various community boards, including Re:Start, the Center for Adult Education and the Chattanooga Alumni Association. His work in politics includes the campaigns for both presidential candidate Fred Thompson and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal.
Smith will be sworn into his term on April 15.
District 3 includes areas of DuPont, Hixson, Murray Hills and Northwoods.
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.