By Charlotte Underwood / Staff writer
Whitley County voters went with experience when it came to electing the next circuit court clerk, choosing incumbent Gary Barton, according to unofficial election results.
In the two-way race, Barton took 3,113 votes, while challenger 41-year-old elementary school principal, Bobby Blakley, garnered 1,525.
After 25-years on the job, Barton said he is still excited about going to work and glad to have the chance to keep it up for another six years.
“It’s great and a real relief to get it done and know I have six more years to do what I want to with the office as far as improvements and such,” Barton said late Tuesday night after learning that he had won.
He credits the win to family, friends and those working with him to win the election.
“I had a lot of great people working for me who have helped me through a lot of elections,” Barton said. He also credited his win with his knowledge of the value of a vote.
“When I won 12 years ago by two votes, I learned then the value of a vote,” Barton said, explaining that was why he was out knocking on as many doors as he could and “working the intersections of roads asking people for their votes.”
Educated at Williamsburg High School, Barton received a bachelor of science in business administration from Cumberland College. He is a member of the Williamsburg Tourism Commission, Cumberland Valley Area Development District and the Circuit Court Clerks Legislative Committee.
He will start his new six-year term in January.
He said he has enjoyed working with the people over the years and is happy to have the opportunity to continue that work.
“I really wasn’t ready to retire and I am thankful for this opportunity,” Barton said.