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Hayes, Edwards to vie for Lawrence seat

May. 07, 2014 @ 12:03 AM

IRONTON — Lawrence County Commissioner Freddie L. Hayes Jr. will face Tim Edwards, a Democrat, in November for a four-seat term as commissioner, according to unofficial results Tuesday night from the Lawrence County Board of Elections.

With all 84 precincts reporting and with absentees included,

Hayes had 2,444 votes while Wayne Taylor had 1,659 votes in the Republican primary for county commissioner.

Edwards, meanwhile, won the Democratic nomination for commissioner over former Tanner Heaberlin by a total of 944 to 691.

“This is the first time I’ve ever done this,” Edwards said Tuesday night from the Lawrence County Courthouse in Ironton. “It makes me feel good. I feel really blessed. It’s wonderful to know that people believe in you and are willing to give you a chance.”

“We have a lot of ground to cover,” he said. ”We’ll have to knock on a lot of doors and try to get people out to the polls in November.”

Hayes, 40, of Proctorville, was elected to an unexpired term as commissioner two years ago. Hayes said funding emergency services is his top priority if elected.

He said the county needs to pursue state grants and state help to build a new Lawrence County Jail.

“I’m happy with (the primary win),” Hayes said. “I appreciate everyone who supported me. We’ll continue to work hard for the fall so I can continue to be a voice for the people. My priorities are to lower the Union-Rome (sewer district) rates and to get the jail problem fixed without raising taxes.”

Edwards, 49, who owns Tim’s 93 Gas N’ Go, said he won’t go to county residents seeking a tax increase to build a new jail. “There are options we can look at,” he said. “We can make cuts.”

Meanwhile, Athalia voters approved a one-mill fire levy by a total of 33-20 and a two-mill general expenses levy by a total of 33 to 19. The fire levy will raise $2,930 while the general operating levy will raise a total of $5,860.

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