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Committee to fill Pratt’s seat

December 18, 2018

IRONTON - Lawrence County’s Republican Central Committee will meet later this week to appoint someone to fill the unexpired term of county commissioner Bill Pratt, who died earlier this month.

The appointment will be through the end of 2020, and the seat will be up for election starting with the spring primary in 2020, according to Lawrence County Auditor Jason Stephens.

The meeting is set for 7 p.m. Thursday in Judge Charles “Chuck” Cooper’s courtroom on the third floor of the Lawrence County Courthouse. Members of the central committee were notified of the meeting via mail over the weekend, Stephens said.

“Our hearts still break and our prayers continue for Bill’s family,” Stephens said. “However, in situations like this, the members of the Lawrence County Republican Central Committee have the difficult responsibility of filling the seat that is now vacant.”

“The job of county commissioner is very important to our county,” said Stephens, a former county commissioner. “With the holidays upcoming and the need to give the new commissioner as much time as possible to get up to speed with the issues facing the county, the meeting has been set to make this appointment this week.”

The appointment will be for two years since there are no countywide elections until 2020, Stephens said.

There are 68 members of the County Republican Central Committee. Several people have expressed an interest in the position, Stephens said.

“They will have to get a majority of committee votes to be selected,” he said.

The board of commissioners approved a budget last week and no more meetings are set through the end of the year. The next meeting of the board, the organizational meeting, is set for January. The board could call a special meeting, if necessary, prior to then, Stephens said.

“There is no good time to do this,” Stephens said. “We’re trying to get it done before the holidays.”

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