Business owner Angeleque McNutt has been appointed to replace Robin Biloski on Anderson County Commission. Biloski resigned on August 3 because she and her husband Bill are moving to Madeira Beach, Florida.
McNutt, who owns Rainbow Florist in Oak Ridge, will represent District 8. That district includes Emory Valley, Hendrix Creek, and Woodland in Oak Ridge.
McNutt will serve until the August 2016 election, the next county general election. She told commissioners on Monday that she will seek re-election in that election.
McNutt was appointed in a 8-6 vote after a first-round 7-7 tie between her and candidate Phil Yager.
There was a third candidate, Myra Mansfield, who ran for the seat in the August 2014 election but lost to Biloski and Commissioner Myron Iwanksi. (There are two County Commission seats in each district.) Mansfield did not receive any votes in the first round of voting on Monday and was not included in the second round.
Voting for McNutt in the first round were Anderson County commissioners Jerry Creasey, Steve Emert, Whitey Hitchcock, Tim Isbel, Steve Mead, Philip Warfield, and Jerry White.
Voting for Yager, who has worked in the finance industry and is on the Oak Ridge Industrial Development Board, were commissioners Mark Alderson, Chuck Fritts, Myron Iwanski, Robert McKamey, Rick Meredith, Theresa Scott, and Tracy Wandell.
Fritts switched to McNutt on the second ballot, turning a 7-7 ballot into a 8-6 vote.
Biloski was first elected in 2006. She served two four-year terms on County Commission, and she was re-elected in August 2014. She was the only woman on County Commission for eight years, and she served as vice chair for three years and also chaired the Operations Committee.
Bilsoki’s resignation had left just one woman, Theresa Scott, on the 16-member Anderson County Commission. Biloski had asked commissioners to consider appointing a female to replace her. With McNutt’s appointment, there will now be two female commissioners, one from District 7 in Oak Ridge and the other from District 8.
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