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Jeff Maddox wins race for Wayne County Commission

November 8, 2018

WAYNE — Jeff Maddox has been elected as the newest member of the Wayne County Commission.

After running a tight race, Maddox, a Democrat, was able to edge out E. Jay Marcum, a Republican, to claim the seat, receiving 6,039 votes with all precincts reporting.

Marcum received 5,167 votes. “I can walk out these doors tonight knowing I did all I could and gave it everything I had,” Marcum said after it was clear Maddox would win the seat. “My whole family has given everything since January.”

Maddox will replace sitting Commissioner David Pennington once his term expires in January 2019.

“My goal is to use my years of experience in business and industry to eliminate wasted tax dollars in our county, asking the hard questions, streamlining out-of-date programs, cutting wasteful spending and then list our priorities based on the needs of our residents today and not from years ago,” Maddox said. “Our county needs to be brought up to date.”

Heading into the election, Maddox felt the most pressing issues for Wayne County were the lack of economic development in the past decade, the drug epidemic and the residual problems that it continues to create, and the annual cost of over $1 million to house prisoners as well as increasing health care costs for county employees.

“I plan to use my business experience and leadership skills to sell Wayne County and enhance the economy while doing all I can in my position to make Wayne County a safer place for your family and mine,” Maddox said.

Regina “Reggie” Hill was elected as Wayne County’s next circuit clerk in a landslide victory over Charles “Chad” Shaffer in Tuesday’s election. Hill defeated her opponent by more than 2,000 votes and will replace Cathy Ferguson, who has been the acting circuit clerk since January. Ferguson took the place of Jamie Ferguson when she stepped down midterm at the end of 2017 after having held the position for over three decades.

“I’m pleased with the voter turnout, and it’s exciting to be able to work with the people in our county,” Hill said. “I think what most people want is someone who is going to be honest and treat them fairly and if you can help them, help them. That’s what I’ll do.”

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