Commission incumbents defeat foes

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, November 3, 2004

There will be no change in the makeup of the Lawrence County Commission.

Both incumbent Democrat George Patterson and Republican Jason Stephens won their respective races, earning another term on the three-man board.

For the seat commencing Jan. 2, Stephens garnered 13,950 votes, or 53.80 percent, to democratic challenger Mark Malone's 11,979 votes, or 46.20 votes. Stephens made an appearance at the Lawrence County Courthouse late in the evening and said he thought the voters returned him to office based on his performance.

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"I tried to do a good job for the county and I worked hard. I learned a lot. I want to continue doing a good job in the next four years," Stephens said.

Stephens fared best in precincts in the eastern end of the county, such as Windsor, Union and Rome as well as many Ironton precincts, while Malone tended to have a better showing in precincts in the central part of the county. This will be Stephens' second term on the board.

For the seat commencing Jan. 3, Patterson, a veteran of courthouse politics, collected 14,711 votes, or 57.24 percent, to Republican challenger Kenneth Ater's 10,988, or 42.76 percent.

Patterson's support tended to be scattered throughout the county, while Ater pulled his greatest number of votes in the eastern end of the county.

Patterson who has been a commissioner for more than 20 years. He was not available for comment as of press time.