Pike County voters choose new form of government

Published: Nov. 9, 2016 at 5:29 PM EST
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With nearly 3,000 votes difference, voters in Pike County are ready for change.

"People wanted change in their county government and they voted on it and now we're going to see this happen," said Greg Blankenship, Chairman for the Pike Countians Against Government Waste.

Pike County will move from a magistrate form to a commissioner style government.

Voters will decide on the commissioners in the 2018 election.

"Going into the general election the county will vote at large and they'll be able to pick from that three, one from each district," said Blankenship.

The county judge will draw the three new districts.

Each of the current six magistrates represent nearly 11,000 people.

When the three commissioners take office that number will double to represent nearly 22,000 people.

Focus is now on making sure all voices in Pike County are heard.

Magistrate Hilman Dotson fears with one commissioner the needs of those further out in Pike County might not be met.

"Well I'm kind of worried, you know, we have always been on the back side of the county, from the county seat," said Dotson.

Serving as a magistrate for more than 20 years, Dotson said he knows the role is important for helping people.

"We have a lot of people that live up in these little hollers and, you know, they need representation. That is their only voice is calling the magistrate," said Dotson.

He said it's important to move forward together to help the people.

Dotson said the judge's office is already working on re-drawing the districts.

Greg Blankenship said this is a chance for equal representation in Pike County.

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