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Priest looks forward to Circuit Clerk’s general election race

The candidates for the general election have been set for the Morgan County Circuit Clerk’s race.

In the April 24 primary runoff election, frontrunner Chris Priest collected 72 percent of the vote to defeat Jimmy Smith, who finished with 28 percent of the vote.

Priest had 3,566 votes while Smith had 1,387.

Priest said he was excited to win the nomination and is looking forward to the general election race against Rex Cheatham in the November General Election. Cheatham is a veteran educator who serves as chairman of the Morgan County Democratic Executive Committee.

“This race was a team effort,” Priest said. “Everyone worked really hard to encourage their friends and neighbors to get out and go vote in the runoff.”

Smith said he congratulated Priest on the runoff win.

“I’d like to wish him well in the general election,” Smith said. “I would like to thank everyone who supported me during this campaign.”

Priest said he wasn’t really surprised by the low turnout in the election.

“It was actually better than what I thought it was going to be,” Priest said. “We were expecting around 5 percent and we had about 7 percent. The reason why it is so low is because there were so few races on the ballot, but I was pleased that our supporters showed up to vote.”

Priest said he doesn’t plan to change their strategy for the general election.

“We’re going to continue doing the same things we did during the primary,” Priest said. “We’re going to continue working hard and campaigning.”