November 7, 2012

Keener edges out McCurdy

From Staff Reports

— In a close race for Murray County tax commissioner, the long-time incumbent prevailed.

Democrat Charlotte Keener defeated Republican challenger Kay Leonard McCurdy, finishing with 5,731 votes (52.4 percent) to 5,206 votes (47.6 percent).

The results are unofficial until certified by the Secretary of State and do not include provisional ballots, which must be counted by Friday.

Keener has been tax commissioner for the past 24 years and begins her seventh term in January. She is a lifelong resident of Murray County and a 1975 graduate of Murray County High School. She started working in the office in 1979 for then-commissioner Jimmy Gregory as a tag title clerk.

Keener said she believed her experience and dedication to the job were two factors that propelled her to the win.

“I am so blessed and I am so honored to get to be able to serve Murray County four more years,” Keener said. “I’m so thankful to all of my supporters all these years, and I also thank my family and friends. I’m just overwhelmed and I hope I can continue to serve Murray County as I have for the past  24 years.”

McCurdy could not be reached for comment late Tuesday night.