Harris keeps Okaloosa commission seat with 72 percent of votes

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Wayne Harris

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Published: Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 01:42 PM.

FORT WALTON BEACH  — Voters on Tuesday returned incumbent Wayne Harris to his District 1 seat on the Okaloosa County Commission.

Harris, a Republican, won 62,430 votes, or 72 percent, to challenger Ron Connor’s 24,108, or 28 percent, according to unofficial election results.

“I’m very thankful to the voters,” Harris said. “I appreciate that they have confidence in me.”

Harris, the executive director of the Crestview Area Chamber of Commerce, was first elected to the board in 2008. Connor, a Democrat, lost to Harris that year.

In his second term, Harris said he plans to concentrate on maintaining infrastructure, public safety and security.

“My focus has never changed,” he said. “In my opinion that’s what government is supposed to provide — those things that citizens can’t provide for themselves.”

Harris said his top priority is to build the new access road to Bob Sikes Airport in Crestview. Also on his list is paving Okaloosa Lane and several other dirt roads in the north county.



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