Greg Vital wins race to replace Mike Carter in Tennessee legislature
Defeats Deangelo Jelks by 4-1 margin
CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – Republican Greg Vital easily won Tuesday’s special election for the District 29 seat in the Tennessee House.
The district represents communities in northern Hamilton County including Birchwood and Ooltewah.
The former Commissioner in Collegedale has been active in the Hamilton County Republican party and run for a state senate seat before.
But he will go to Nashville replacing Mike Carter, who died in May.
Vital has made a larger mark in the local business community.
He worked as an executive at Life Care Centers of America and McKee Baking.
But for the last 24 years, he has run Morning Pointe Assisted Living And Alzheimer’s Memory Care.
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Vital defeats DeAngelo Jelks, who has been dealing with accusations of an affair at best and rape charges at worst.
Police are investigating the rape allegations.
He resigned as co-chair of the county Democratic party over the weekend.
But Jelks says the relationship was consensual, just exploited by a fellow Democrat.
“As far as the elephant in the room, I know that I have let down my supporters, family and friends by having a consensual yet inappropriate relationship. This matter was personal and private between two consenting adults, and I accept full responsibility for my actions.
To be clear, I have done nothing illegal.”