State Rep. Joe Pitts defeated incumbent Kim McMillan in the Clarksville Mayor’s race.
Pitts won by just 213 votes, with 33.9 percent of the vote – compared to McMillan's 33.3 percent.
McMillan has served as mayor since 2011.
The mayor-elect said he plans to get to work right away on fixing a big problem he's heard a lot about from voters.
“Throughout the campaign the one common theme we heard from citizens was traffic, traffic, traffic. [It] seems to be a common issue everywhere,” Pitts said. “We'll begin working immediately to figure out what we can do as a community to address the traffic, we have a lot of state roads. We'll connect those, mass transit, bike lanes, sidewalks, other things like that.”
McMillan released the following statement on Wednesday:
“I offer my congratulations to Mayor-Elect Joe Pitts and wish him the very best in leading our great city and representing the incredible people who call Clarksville home.
“I want to sincerely thank my supporters for their encouragement to me, their work alongside me, their financial support of our campaign, and most of all, their faith in me. I am honored and humbled, and I am so very grateful.
“I also want to thank the wonderful Clarksville city employees -- the people who day in and day out do the good work that makes Clarksville the best city in America to live, work and raise our families.”