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11/8/2012 3:00:00 PM
Commissioners: Haskell, Lyons
Republican John Haskell, right, checks election results with his son, Andy Haskell, on Tuesday night.
Republican John Haskell, right, checks election results with his son, Andy Haskell, on Tuesday night.

Switzerland County will have two new county commissioners sitting on the three-person board this January after Tuesday's election.

In the race for Commissioner in District 1, Republican John Haskell defeated Democrat Dennis Cole by a margin of 1,807 (54.02-percent) to 1,538 (45.98-percent).

John Haskell won nine of the county's 12 precincts: Cotton II, Craig I, Craig II, Jefferson I, Jefferson II, Jefferson III, Pleasant I, Pleasant II, and York.

Dennis Cole picked up victories in Cotton I, Posey I, and Posey II precincts.

John Haskell's biggest win came in Pleasant II precinct, where he garnered 63.07-percent of the vote; and in Craig I precinct, where he received 59.28-percent of the vote.

Dennis Cole's biggest victory came in Posey I precinct, where he claimed 55.61-percent.

John Haskell will now begin a four-year term on January 1st. He replaces current commissioner Brian Morton, whom John Haskell defeated in the primary.

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There was less tension in the race for County Commissioner, District 2, where Democrat Steve Lyons, who currently sits on the County Council, ran unopposed for the commissioner's seat.

He received 2,464 votes countywide; and will begin a four-year term on January 1st. Steve Lyons replaces Democrat Craig Bond, who chose not to seek reelection and will be retiring from the commission board.





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