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Mattmiller, Keith, New and Moore lead city race

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By Becky Barnes

The 2009 version of the Cynthiana City Commission will include two familiar faces and two new ones.

Incumbent candidates Jack Keith and Jimmy New were voted back on the commission. Newcomers will be Mark Mattmiller and Amanda Moore.

Mattmiller claimed the most votes, garnering 1,587 to second-runner Keith, who received 1,479. Filling the third position is New, who received 1,006 votes. Amanda Moore will take up the fourth post. She received 932 votes.

Keith led the charge for the last commission race besting second runner James Martin, who initially filed for re-election but withdrew early in the campaign. Finance commission Bill Doan also did not seek re-election to the commission. He was on the ballot for school board Division 3, but fell short in that bid to Kristy Carey.

“I’m just anxious to get started,” Mattmiller said Wednesday morning. “I need to study and see how it works.”

Mattmiller said he was looking forward to doing a good job for the citizens of Cynthiana.

“An awful lot of people voted for me thinking I would represent them well and that’s my intentions,” he said.

Keith said he appreciates the confidence voters have in him by putting him back on the commission.

“I’ll continue to work diligently, and I hope the people let me know what’s on their minds,” Keith said.

He said if he continues as the commission of public utilities, he would like to see the completion of the Devil’s Backbone project.

“There are so many plans on the board to do things there,” he said. “What we’ve done is not finished and we need to finish those off.”

Keith said the conclusion of those projects hinges on receiving financial support from the state.

New said he would like to continue in the public works department.

“I’d like to thank the people and let them know we’ll be working as hard as we can.” New said.

Moore said she is excited about the results.

“I’m honored to be given the opportunity to serve Cynthiana, to work with the commissioners and the mayor to see if we can get Cynthiana headed in the right direction,” she said.

Those who fell short of election on Tuesday were Cherity Christopher, who finished fifth with 611 votes; Price Mitchell with 590 votes; and Elizabeth Vaught with 437 votes. Write-in candidate Scott Smith received 228 votes.

In November 2006, Keith received 1,560 to Martin’s 1,382, Doan’s 1,264 and New’s 1,148.