History Made In Jackson County

By: Julie Maloney
By: Julie Maloney

There was some history made in eastern Kentucky Tuesday night.

WYMT spoke with the first judge executive in Jackson County to be elected that wasn't on a republican ticket.

Jackson County is heavily republican, but Tuesday night William O. Smith, a former republican judge executive who ran this year as an independent won by a very narrow margin.

Just 34 votes separated Smith from incumbent Tommy Slone.

Smith says he wasn't really surprised he's just very overwhelmed and is looking forward to having his old job back again.

"I've always appreciated the residents placing their trust in me to be the leader of their county. I just really feel honored," Smith said.

Smith says two of his main goals in the next four years are to create jobs and to work closer with the community and find out how he can further develop the county.

Smith tells WYMT that every judge executive elected in Jackson County has been a republican.

However, there was one instance where the governor appointed a democrat.

But once again, this is the first time an independent candidate has won this seat.

There will be a re-canvass next Thursday and we should mention that we we tried several times to get up with incumbent Tommy Slone day, but weren't successful.


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