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No elections in November for Warren County

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The election commission prepares to certify ballots in the 2021 General Municipal Election (photo by David Day).

November elections are for special elections this year.  Warren County does not have one.

Warren County originally was slated to hold a special election for the remaining term of Warren County Prosecuting Attorney.

Ken Harper had resigned from the position in September of 2020 and presented his resignation letter to the Warren County Board of Supervisors. However, Harper rescinded his resignation before the Board had met to formally accept it, three days later. Harper stated, “I acted in haste and I regret that decision.”

The Board of Supervisors accepted Harper’s resignation in October and appointed Steven McMillian to fill the position until a special election could be held, which was slated for Nov. 2.

Harper then filed suit in federal court in January and charged that there was legal precedent he should keep his position as an elected official with property interest in his position.

United States District Judge Carlton Reeves agreed and ruled in favor of Harper. Reeves said the Board’s acceptance of his resignation “is explicitly not the standard provided at common law.” Judge Reeves then ordered that the Board of Supervisors restore Harper to the position of County Prosecuting Attorney within 10 days.

After restoring Harper back into his position, the need for a special election was no longer necessary.

 

 

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