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Early County Board of Commissioners add a new face

Published: Nov. 3, 2020 at 9:40 PM CST
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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) -

5 members make up the Board of Commissioners in Early County and one member kept his seat and a new face was added to the vacant one.

For the county commission chairman, Republican Hank Jester has won the seat with 2,873 votes over Richie Smith who had 2,162.

Jester a former county commissioner who served 12 years from 2000 until 2012.

During that time he also served as chairman of the public safety board and tonight he added a different type of chairman to his resume.

Now for the county commission district 2 seat, a tight race but incumbent Jeffrey Haynes will be keeping his seat.

Haynes was the first African American elected to the Early County Board of Commissioners.

Haynes has served as chairman on the public safety board and is a member of the regional commission.

“Of course Covid made it really hard to see folks. I really appreciate the folks that got out and voted today because if they hadn’t things could’ve been different. For those folks at home, just know that I appreciate you getting out and showing up at the polls today,” Hank Jester, Early County Commission Chairman said.

“I just want to share these great people once again. I thank God for this opportunity to be able to serve such a powerful and great county in Early. I thank God so much, it’s just an awesome experience and I’m just really excited about these next four years to make a better place for Early County to live for all the citizens," Jeffery Haynes, Early County Commission District 2 said.

Although their seats maybe different on the board, both Haynes and Jester are on the same page as they hope to focus on economic development and creating jobs.

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