Voters in three cities will head to the polls for alcohol votes

Three cities across the region are having alcohol-related votes Tuesday.

Among them is Somerset, which is the largest dry city in the state.

Supporters say liquor sales would benefit the local economy while opponents argue that alcohol would create an unsafe and unfriendly climate.

“I'm a grandfather and I don't want my grandchildren brought up in the environment of alcohol. I was raised up in that environment and I know what it is to be around alcohol. I've seen the evil effects of alcohol,” Reverend Larry Butte said.

“Most of the data out there shows that there is very little change that goes on in a community once it goes from dry to wet, other than the tremendous amount of revenue it generates for the city,” David Weddle said.

Somerset's last wet-dry vote was in 2001, when about 60-percent of voters chose to keep alcohol sales out of the city.

The other towns having wet-dry votes tomorrow are Whitesburg and Pineville.

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