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Barker Defeats Newsom for Precinct 1 Title

Mickey Barker
Mickey Barker

Following Tuesday night’s Republican runoff election Mickey Barker earned the most votes to be named the new Precinct 1 Commissioner in Hopkins County.

“It was an enlightening experience. I enjoyed meeting lots of people. This was definitely a combined effort – I couldn’t have done this without the help of my family, friends and neighbors,” said Mickey Barker at his election night watch party with his wife, Susie of nearly 30 years by his side supporting him. “I also truly appreciate the endorsements of [former opponents] Ray Fouse and Pat Chase.”

Barker had yet to review the voting numbers in which he received 512 votes to his opponent Maci Newsom’s 314, which are unofficial until canvassed. He began the evening with a 72 advantage with the reporting of early votes cast. As compared to the outcome of the Primary where Newsom finished with 234 more votes than Barker.

“She [Maci] was a great opponent, very kind. We really got to know each other and our families throughout this process. She is a very intelligent woman,” said Barker on the election race. “I am already making plans to meet with Beth [Wisenbaker – who is currently serving as Commissioner] in the next few months. With her help this will be an easy transition. We are very blessed to be living in Hopkins County.”

Barker noted while his biggest projects will be road conditions, he intends to address jobs and several other issues. He welcomes any input from the public. He will take office on Jan. 1, 2017.