Elections offer an opportunity for a change of guard as new voices fill seats

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HAZARD, Ky. (WYMT) Election day is over, now those who are newly elected are preparing to take their new roles.

In Hazard and Perry County, many races came down to just a couple hundred votes. But, those votes may signal a tide is changing in Eastern Kentucky.

"What you think about this area, is not necessarily the story of this area," said Luke Glaser who won the Hazard city commissioners race.

Glaser is originally a native of Louisville but came to Eastern Kentucky on a Teach for America assignment. That two-year stint turned into a lifetime stay and now he is taking it to the next level.

"I think people are just interested in folks with good ideas and work hard to make communities better and I guess running here was my bet that that was true," said Glaser.

Perry County also elected a non-eastern Kentucky native to their District Judge Position.

"I ordered and paid for over 12 thousand magnets, I handed them out door to door, I used every single one of them," said Cody Goehring who is the elect for Perry district judge.

Goehring is originally from Texas and came to the mountains through the way of Massachusetts and Harvard Law.

"After law school, this was one of the key regions I was looking to move into," Goehring added.

The two are hoping to bring fresh Ideas into the mountains and fill their role to the best of their abilities.

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