by Jim Balloch, Lance Coleman, Mike Donila
Knoxville voters on Tuesday swept Madeline Rogero into the mayor's office — and a very special place in the city's history.
Rogero, 58, becomes the first woman ever elected mayor.
Rogero outpolled businessman Mark Padgett, 33, in a very low turnout. Of just 21,072 votes cast, Rogero received 12,351, or 58.61 percent, to Padgett's 8,721, or 41.39 percent.
"Wow! Thank you so, so much," Rogero said as she began her victory speech to hundreds of supporters at The Foundry. "I want to shake everybody's hand before you leave."
Rogero will replace Daniel Brown, who was appointed mayor when Bill Haslam was elected governor.
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