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New Commonwealth's Attorney elected in Harlan County

Harlan County will have a new Commonwealth's Attorney next year.

Steven Parker Boggs defeated long-time incumbent Henry Johnson 2,048 to 1,247 votes in the Democratic Primary. Timothy Jason Jackson received 125 votes.

No one ran in the Republican Primary, so it appears Boggs will run unopposed in the general election and take office as Commonwealth's Attorney next year.

"I campaigned as a candidate for change. Drugs and crime are a serious problem not only in Harlan County, but all over Eastern Kentucky, and I want to help address those problems and work hard to keep our communities safe," said Boggs. He also thanked his supporters saying, "Thank you, thank you, thank you from the bottom of my heart."

Henry Johnson said he was disappointed in the results.

"It's been a great 20 years that I've had as Commonwealth's Attorney. I've enjoyed serving the people in Harlan County in that capacity. I've gotten a great deal of satisfaction out of it. I can't really complain. I've had my run. It's been a wonderful experience and I guess it's time to move on to something else," said Johnson

Johnson also thanked all of his supporters and the people who voted for him this election.

Johnson will serve as Commonwealth's Attorney until January when Boggs is expected to take office.


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