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Commissioner's widow to be nominated to fill vacant seat
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The 6th District Warren County Commission seat left vacant by the death of Billy Earl Jones is expected to be filled this Monday.
According to Commissioner Charles Morgan, he plans on nominating Linda Jones, wife of Billy Earl, during the county’s regular meeting this Monday, Dec. 21.
“I’m going to nominate Linda to fill Earl’s term until August,” said Morgan. “Then, she is going to run in the primary and in the election in August to fill the rest of his term.”
The information was given during a recent county Safety Committee meeting. In attendance at the meeting with Morgan were Commissioners Teddy Boyd, chair, Carl D. Bouldin, Randy England and Ron Lee.
“I really think she’ll do a good job,” said Bouldin. “I think that’s a good idea.”
Morgan replied, “I know she will. She’s a smart lady.”
“I don’t think she’ll have a problem,” said Boyd.
Any registered voter can make a nomination to fill the empty seat. However, that person must live in the 6th District. The first person who receives a majority vote from the 23-member County Commission will be appointed to fill the seat until the special election.
“Anybody can nominate anybody at that meeting and that’s fine,” said Morgan. “I’m just saying that I’m going to nominate Linda.”
If appointed Monday, it appears Linda Jones will have the seat on a permanent basis as no one has qualified to run against her in the general election. It would take a write-in campaign to beat her at this point.