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One Harrison County incumbent keeps job, another loses his

From Staff Reports
May 29, 2012 at 10 p.m.

One Harrison County commissioner held onto his seat during Tuesday's Republican primary while another incumbent lost his bid for re-election.

William Hatfield unseated incumbent Jeff Thompson Tuesday, pulling 1,296 votes for 53 percent of the total.

Thompson had 33.3 percent of the vote with 815 votes.

Rick Phillips received 13.6 percent of the votes with 333 total.

"I just want to first thank all of my supporters who got out and worked for me, and who gave me sign locations. And mostly I can say this was a lot of fun, and it made me realize, I can't believe I have so many supporters, this was one of the cleanest races in Harrison County," Hatfield said after the race.

After the election, Thompson said he wished his opponent well.

Incumbent Pct. 3 commissioner James Greer fended off a challenge by David Ainsworth.

Greer pulled 899 votes, for 58 percent of the ballots cast to Ainsworth's 676 votes for 42 percent of the total.

"I appreciate the support from my voters," said Greer. "I am proud to serve them once more."

Having secured his next term, Greer said he plans to continue work on several projects, like converting the county fleet to compressed natural gas and working with TSTC to foster job growth and skills training."



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