HAZARD, Ky. (WYMT) - Officials said there were several competitive races in Perry County. The race for Commonwealth's Attorney in the 33rd Judicial Circuit ended up going down the wire and an incumbent was defeated.
Some candidates we talked to in Hazard had different reactions when it came to Tuesday night’s races.
“I am very surprised! Very excited, very happy!” said Hazard City Commissioner Elect Ricky Steele.
Steele was the top vote getter in the city commission race.
The race for commonwealth's attorney in Perry County was talked about a lot and it is being called an upset. Incumbent democrat Teresa Combs Reed was defeated by Republican John Hansen. He served immediately before her in the 6 year position.
He said he was “shocked” by the news.
Just less than 100 votes determined the outcome. Hansen said he is ready to tackle the job again.
“I am ready to get back to work for Perry Countians and I really appreciate your opportunity again, thank you,” said John Hansen.
He said he had a message for the people he would again deal with working as the Commonwealth’s Attorney.
“Stop selling drugs, please. Cut it out. You're going to wind up in prison, I don't give out hugs,” said Hansen.
Democrat Charles Patterson defeated Republican Thomas Eckert for Perry Circuit Clerk. He said he planned to hit the ground running.
“My first objective will be to learn every job within the office, that way I can come up with better ideas on improving the office,” said Patterson.
Steele said he would embrace the learning experience as the newbie for Hazard City Commission.
“I am pretty much blind, I have never done anything like this before, pretty excited, ready to learn,” said Steele.
“I know all of the people that serves on the board right now and I don't think I will have a problem working together with those guys and I am looking forward to it.”
Also, Vicco Mayor Johnny Cummings won re-election against former mayor Ernest Back.