Blade, Crutcher Win Fairview City Seats
Local banker wins mayor’s race, attorney retains commission seat
Nancy Stephens, Nashville Tennessean Published 8:47 p.m. CT Nov. 6, 2018
The citizens of Fairview have spoken, and John Blade and Shannon Crutcher were the top vote getters in the Fairview Municipal races for mayor and city commissioner, respectively.
After a battle between three political newcomers, Blade garnered 1,781 votes to defeat retired veteran Mike Anderson (875 votes) and a fellow banker Antwuanne Scruggs (293 votes).
“I appreciate the confidence people have in me, and I look forward to working for Fairview,” stated Blade after the unofficial results were announced at the Fairview Recreation Center around 7:30 p.m. Tuesday night.
Bank president at FirstBank in Fairview, Blade, age 51, said he plans to work with the city manager and his fellow commissioners to continue to develop fiscally responsible budgets.
During his campaign, Blade said he sees growth and infrastructure as the city’s most important issues. To best address those issues, he believes following the comprehensive plan, which is in development, will “help us plan and design our growth.”
In comparison, current Mayor Patti Carroll received 1,353 votes or 67.65 percent in her November 2014 win over Stuart Johnson with 647 votes.
While the mayor’s race was won by a wide margin with Blade receiving twice the votes of the second place candidate, the gap in the city commission seat race was also significant. Incumbent Shannon Crutcher won another seat on the city commission by defeating former city manager Wayne Hall. Crutcher secured 1,882 votes to Hall’s 1,024.
“It’s an honor to be re-elected by the citizens of Fairview to serve on the Board of Commissioners. I look forward to the next four years,” Crutcher said upon receiving the vote count.
John Blade, Fairview’s mayor-elect, and Shannon Crutcher, current vice mayor re-elected to the city commission, congratulate each other after the unofficial election totals are announced at the Fairview Recreation Center Tuesday night.
John Blade, Fairview’s mayor-elect, and Shannon Crutcher, current vice mayor re-elected to the city commission, congratulate each other after the unofficial election totals are announced at the Fairview Recreation Center Tuesday night. (Photo: Nancy Stephens/The Fairview Observer)
An attorney and Fairview native, Crutcher, age 43, ran his campaign identifying the fiscal improvements the city commission has implemented over the last four years while acknowledging there is still “a considerable amount of work left to do.” He asked voters to allow him the chance to continue working toward improving city government and “finish the list” of things he sought to accomplish in his first four years.
Crutcher won his first seat on the city commission in November 2014 with 832 votes, defeating Jeff Mangrum and Frank Walker.
After the election results are confirmed, Blade and Crutcher will each serve four-year terms on the city commission after being sworn in later this month.
FirstBank has been named as one of Middle Tennessee’s Top Workplaces by The Tennessean for four years running, winning the 2018 Hall of Fame award. To be a Top Workplace, FirstBank met high standards for a healthy workplace culture as ranked by its own employees.