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Bennett wins tight commissioner race

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

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Mississippi County Clerk Junior DeLay (left) talks to Republican Carlin Bennett, who won the race for presiding commissioner, after final tallies were read Tuesday night. Michelle Felter, staff
CHARLESTON -- For the first time in 16 years, Mississippi County voters have selected a new presiding commissioner.

Republican Carlin Bennett narrowly defeated Democratic candidate Jack Feezor by seven votes. Bennett received 1,644 votes, Feezor garnered 1,637, and 166 votes were cast for Independent Danny Norman.

As Bennett won by only .20 percent, the vote is eligible for a recount if Feezor requests one through a petition, according to County Clerk Junior DeLay.

The incumbent presiding commissioner, Jim Blumenberg, did not seek re-election. He has held the office since 1994.

In another local contested race for the office of state representative for the 161st district, incumbent Steve Hodges, a Democrat, beat Republican Ron McCormick with 2,407 votes to 1,043.

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