Connie Blackwell

Connie Blackwell

Incumbent Connie Blackwell was reelected as the Macon County Clerk last Thursday.

Blackwell -- an independent candidate -- finished with 3,592 votes, more than 58 percent of the total vote. Her total was 799 more than Republican opponent Dakota Dyer.

It will be Blackwell's second term in office.

"It was a long day (Thursday) but a great day," Blackwell said. "I had the normal jitters. I didn't want to be overconfident, but I was feeling pretty good.

"I really appreciate the confidence that people have in me for the next four years."

She said her family and friends were "wonderful" while helping her with the campaign.

"I got a lot of good help from good people," Blackwell said. "I was campaigning for three full months. When you're campaigning, you're trying to be out in the afternoons as well as working a full-time job. It's definitely a roller coaster of emotions every day.

"The main thing I learned during my campaign is to get out and go to as many community activities. When you're new and maybe not as established, going door to door is good, but at this point, I'm expected to take part in community activities."

Blackwell said that Tennessee state legislation often dictates what she has to do as the county clerk, but she is keeping an open mind about the best ways she can do her job.

"I would love to keep the office running in an efficient manner, and I'm always welcoming new things and ideas the state offers," Blackwell said. "If there's anything I can do to help people and make the process smoother, that's what I want to try to do."