CLAY COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - Voters in Clay County elected a new county judge and re-elected the sheriff during the March primary elections.
Mike Patterson will replace current Judge Gary Howell.
Howell did not file for re-election.
According to the Arkansas Secretary of State's website, 1,503 people voted for Patterson.
Patterson was challenged on the Democratic ticket by Jeff Young, who received 911 votes.
No one ran as a Republican in the county judge's race.
Patterson said he's ready to take office and work for the people of Clay County.
"I'm a very lucky person because the people have their trust in me and they voted for me," Patterson said after learning of his win. "I really appreciate that."
Patterson said he is focused on improving the roads and bringing more businesses to Clay County.
Voters also re-elected Sheriff Terry Miller.
Former sheriff Gerald McClung challenged Miller in the primary election.
According to the Arkansas Secretary of State's website, Miller had 1,979 votes, while McClung had 457 votes.
"I want to thank everybody for coming out and voting in the early election and primary," Miller said. "It means a lot to have the confidence of the people in Clay County, to represent them and do their work."
Miller is currently serving his first term as sheriff.
In his second term, Miller said he plans to continue to fight drug crime and protect the citizens of Clay County.
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