Jim Kuykendall defeats Al Stahl for ORN mayor position

Updated 9 p.m.

According to unofficial early voting results, Jim Kuykendall has won the May 7 race for mayor of Oak of Ridge North, garnering 450 votes, or 59.68 percent, while Al Stahl received 304 votes, or 40.32 percent.

Incumbent Kuykendall has held the position of mayor for five years and said he ran for re-election to continue the work the City Council has put in place for the future of the city. Kuykendall said his ability to bring people together to solve problems is what he would contribute to the city of Oak Ridge North if re-elected.

"We had a great campaign and we took the high road," Kuykendall said. "We stuck to our plan."

Kuykendall said the City Council will redouble their efforts for the citizens.

"The citizens believe in what we've done," he said. "I appreciate their vote."

Posted 8 p.m.

According to unofficial early voting results, Jim Kuykendall has taken an early lead in the May 7 race for mayor of Oak of Ridge North, garnering 224 votes, or 56.85 percent, while Al Stahl received 170 votes, or 43.15 percent.

Incumbent Kuykendall has held the position of mayor for five years and said he ran for re-election to continue the work the City Council has put in place for the future of the city. Kuykendall said his ability to bring people together to solve problems is what he would contribute to the city of Oak Ridge North if re-elected.

Al Stahl is an independent insurance agent and a former Oak Ridge North City Council member as well as a former county judge. Stahl said his main contribution to the city if elected would be to listen to residents and give them what they want, which would be less traffic running through the town and lower property taxes.

All results are unofficial until canvassed.