Justin Spillers has a spot at the table with the other Crawford County commissioners.
Spillers, 30, won the District 3 post 92-68 over Roy Shepard in a special election Tuesday to replace former chairman Dean Fripp, who died in October.
“It’s been a joy to be voted by the people to the County Commission seat,” Spillers said.
The vote is final but unofficial until it’s certified Friday. That’s in case any absentee ballots are still moving through the mail, but Frank Hodges of the board of elections said the result would likely stand.
He said the total number of votes was lower than expected.
“Turnout is not very high,” Hodges said. “We had roughly 11 percent of the registered voters turn out for the election.”
Spillers is the grandson of former Commissioner Doug Spillers.
He said that didn’t factor into his excitement about winning the position, though.
“I think it’s just been something I’ve always wanted to do,” he said.
As of Tuesday evening, Spillers was unsure when he would start his new post, but he said he’s ready to get to work.
“Just got to get started getting my feet wet and see what I can do.”
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