The votes have all been counted, and Harlan County’s choice for circuit court clerk is incumbent Democrat Wendy Flanary.
After a long campaign that started almost as soon as she became circuit court clerk by appointment after the death of longtime clerk Paul Williams, Flanary outdistanced Republican Joyce Heck by a total of 1,300 votes, garnering 3,150 votes to Heck’s 1,850.
Flanary has been with the Harlan Circuit Court Clerk’s Office since June of 2004. She was hired as a deputy clerk and handled the bookkeeper duties for approximately seven years before being appointed to the circuit court clerk’s position by former Circuit Court Judge Henry Johnson on Oct. 8, 2014.
“I just want to relish my win,” Flanary said. “I appreciate everyone in the county who voted for me, I appreciate my family for their support, and I’m just ready to take a little bit of enjoyment in it.”
Flanary has no immediate plans to change how things are being done at the clerk’s office.
“We’re going to keep things as is right now,” Flanary said. “If I see any improvements that are needed, I’ll definitely make a move for that. Anything for the betterment of the office to help the people.”
Heck said she was proud to have run a clean, honest race and that she appreciated all her supporters.
According to the Administrative Office of the Courts’ website, circuit court clerks are responsible for managing the records of Kentucky’s circuit and district courts. Circuit court clerks receive lawsuits and court documents, record legal documents, provide legal documents and other legal materials, are present during trials, schedule juries, receive and disburse money, maintain the jury system, administer oaths, handle affidavits, and issue driver licenses and non-driver identification cards.
Other local races saw several people who had been appointed to various city councils since the last general election keeping their seats. Charles Raleigh and Teresa Raleigh retained their seats on the Cumberland City Council, Patsy McKechnie will remain on the Benham Council and Anne McFarland will continue to serve on the Loyall City Council.
The Harlan City Council welcomes write-in candidate Lakis Mavinidis, and Annie Fox will also continue to serve.
The cities of Evarts and Lynch provided the only contested council races, with Michael Shepherd winning a seat on the Evarts council over Joshua L. Shackleford and Leslie J. Young defeating Mark Hudack for a chair on the Lynch City Council.
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