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November 21, 2012

Mayor Daniel to fill JP term

Athens — Athens Mayor Randy Daniel is the choice of the Henderson County Commissioners Court to fill the unexpired Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace term.

After looking at the 16 applications submitted, and a series of interviews, the court liked Daniel’s resume.

“The court felt that given the circumstances, Randy was the one for the position,” Precinct 1 Commissioner Wade McKinney said.

Daniel will serve the remainder of the term left by Henry Ashford.

Ashford died of a heart attack Oct. 20, leaving a vacancy in the office he had held since 2002. His term was set to end Dec. 31, 2013.

The county accepted applications for a 2-week period, then scheduled a lengthy round of interviews for Nov. 15.

On Tuesday, Commissioners met again to finalize the decision.

Daniel, 62, is a life-long resident of the area. He was sworn in for a fourth term at city hall in May after winning re-election. In a tough race, Daniel defeated Joe Whatley by on 1vote margin. The final total 627 to 609.

Previously, Daniel  made an unsuccessful bid for Henderson County Judge in 2002 in a race won by David Holstein. He also served several terms as County Democratic Party Chairman.

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