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Newport's Primary Ballot Will Include A Race That Won't Be Counted

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Newport voters will go to the polls Tuesday and find a race that really isn't a race. And if they cast a ballot in that race, it won't be counted.

It's the city commission race; and Campbell County Clerk JimLuersensaid there is a good reason for not counting the votes.

Incumbent commissioner John Hayden decided in January that he would not run for re-election, but did not file paperwork with the clerk's office in time to have his name removed from the ballot,Luersensaid.

"He'll be listed on the ballot as the ninth candidate, but he's withdrawn his candidacy,''Luersensaid. "Only eight candidates can advance to the November election, so there really is no primary election."

Four of the eight will be elected to Newport city commission in the November election.

Luersen said signs will be posted in each Newport polling place saying that any ballots cast in the commission race tomorrow won't be counted.

The eight candidates who will compete in November are incumbents ThomasGuidugli, FrankPeluso, and BethFennell, along with challengers Matthew Cline, NicholeHornbackHayden (the wife of John Hayden), BobMcCray, RachelComteand former Campbell County commissioner KenRechtin.

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