Reed, Hansen, Patterson win Perry County primaries

By: Katie Roach Email
By: Katie Roach Email

There were some very competitive local races in Perry County.

Both the Commonwealth's Attorney seat and the Circuit Court Clerk's seat will be up for grabs later this year.

Current Commonwealth's Attorney Teresa Combs Reed easily beat her opponent to clench the democratic nomination.

"I have tried the whole time I've been here to be fair with people, and to have that kind of voter turnout recognizes my attempts to be fair," said Reed.

She will be facing former Commonwealth's Attorney John Hansen in November who says he wants to do things the same way he did them the first time in office.

"Screen the cases from the date a felony charge is filed up to the date of trial, that way I can see the way the case develops and screen out the cases that don't need to be prosecuted," said Hansen.

There will be no incumbent running for the Circuit Clerk's Office.

In his first race ever, Charles Patterson won the democratic nomination defeating incumbent Roger Collins and Debbie Manis.

"My main goal throughout this campaign was to give voters a chance to meet me, ask any questions they had and voice any concerns they have about the office. And I think that's why I have been successful in this race," said Patterson.

He will face Republican Tom Eckert in November.

The numbers are not final yet. Perry County Clerk Haven King tells Mountain News that there is a problem with the Walkertown precinct voting machine.

A court order will be issued Wednesday morning so they can unseal the ballots and count them, but King says this will not change the winners of any races.

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