While the GOP and Colleen Fanning did pick up District 2 on the Council, Republicans ended up losing two seats they could not lose and two veteran Councillors were defeated.
Ben Hunter seemed to be on the road to a leadership position. Some even thought he might take over as Minority Leader or even Council President if Republicans took the majority. Instead, he's going home as Democrat David Ray outworked him and won. Hunter blamed David Brooks' new lines for his loss. The new district was part of it, but, behind the scenes, many Democrats on the Council were happy to see Hunter's loss.
Another stunning defeat was GOP Councillor Bob Lutz. I have had a front row seat to watch this upset. Jared Evans worked this district amazingly hard. He knocked doors in places where people haven't knocked doors in ages. He took the fight into flooded neighborhoods and listened to people tell him their problems. He shook hands, gave hugs, and he made people understand he cared. You can't fool the folks of District 22. Jared cares, and that's why he won. I'm not saying that Bob Lutz doesn't care. He does.
Other incumbents proved pretty popular with their district people. Christine Scales, Janice McHenry, Jeff Miller, and Frank Mascari all turned away strong challenges from well-financed and hard-working challengers.
Sadly, my friends Kip Tew and Pam Hickman failed to win reelection to the Council as they both lost tough races. With Tew, Hickman, Hunter and Lutz, Jose Evans, John Barth, Angela Mansfield, Will Gooden, Ginny Cain, and Jefferson Shreve will not be returning to the Council in January. That means there will be several new City-County Councillors.
I predict that Maggie Lewis will be reelected as Council President. I also think you'll see some new faces step forward in both parties as leaders in the Council.
The transition period has begun.