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Harden holds off challengers, school tax renewed

It’s four more years for Kenny Harden as sheriff of Butler County. Harden tallied 1,912 votes or 51.97 percent of the total votes cast in the race for sheriff. Danny Bond received 1,034 votes or 28.11 percent of the votes with James Moorer coming in third with 733 votes or 19.92 percent.

“I feel like folks have been evaluating the job I’ve done and I got a passing grade,” Harden said.

“I’m going to continue to work hard. I feel really good. People put a lot of faith in us for what we’re doing. We ask that they continue to work with us and help us for the next four years.”

Harden also expressed appreciation for the support of his wife and family, who were present in the annex as the votes were tallied Tuesday night.

Bond said, while disappointed in the night’s outcome, he was proud of having run a clean campaign.

“I wouldn’t have done it any other way,” Bond said. “The people have spoken, and I respect their decision. I’m going to support the sheriff.”

Bond added he did not plan to run again for the office.

“It isn’t meant to be for me to be sheriff. The people of Butler County have been good to me, and I appreciate it, but I know there is some place in this world I am intended to be.”

Moorer was not immediately available for interview following the primary results.

The school tax renewal passed by a large margin, with 3,722 votes (76.02 percent) voting for renewal, versus 1,174 voting against renewal (23.98 percent).

“I am glad we have that behind us,” Circuit Clerk Allen Stephenson said with a sigh of relief. Stephenson spoke across the county drumming up support for renewal of the tax, which has been in place since 1957.