Two townships decide on contested trustee races

By Martin Graham -

Kyle S. Hoppes and Jarrod Posey will fill the seats on the Wayne Township Board of Trustees, according to unofficial results from the Fayette County Board of Elections Tuesday evening.

Residents of Wayne Township voted Tuesday at the 2017 general election for the two open slots that were created by trustees Marie Fetters and Ron Weade, who decided not to seek another term. In their place, Hoppes, who received 235 votes, and Posey, who received 197 votes, both said they are ready to serve the township.

“All of the hard work of going out, knocking on doors and meeting people of the township really paid off,” Hoppes said Tuesday following his victory. “I am really excited and ready to hopefully get in there and start in January to do some good things for the township. I would really like to thank the voters for making it out to the polls to vote for the township’s levy that we had for the fire. I am glad they were out and able to vote for that.”

Posey also thanked the voters for making the time to come out and vote.

“I want to thank everyone who stood behind me to make it happen,” Posey said. “I will do my best to follow through and do my best for Wayne Township. I am planning to take everything a step at a time. I am not one to come in and make big changes, we have to do what is best for the township.”

Bob Redman was also seeking the position of Wayne Township Trustee and received 154 votes during the general election.

In Jasper Township, the only other contested trustee race in the county, incumbents Jackie J. Pursley and Glenn Rankin will stay for another term. According to the unofficial results, Pursley received 127 votes, Rankin received 109 votes and challenger Chessie James Ratliff claimed 52 votes.

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By Martin Graham

Reach Martin Graham at (740) 313-0351 or on Twitter @MartiTheNewsGuy

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