UPDATE: Walters Defeats Barton in Washington County Commissioner Race

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UPDATE 5/6/2014 10:50 PM

Really interesting race for Washington County Commissioner.

One seat is open and two Republicans ran for it.

Two businessmen - one a finance expert, the other a barber - faced off.

Rick Walters and Jeremy Barton.

With all the precincts reporting Walters takes home 65 percent of the vote.

He will face a potential independent candidate and any write-in candidates this fall.

Absentee ballots start in Ohio April 1.

The primary is May 6.

In Washington County two Republican candidates campaign this year for a commissioner seat.

So this primary decides who moves forward to the November election.

We talked with both candidates - Rick Walters and Jeremy Barton.

Walters says after being self-employed for 34 years and running an insurance agency he has experience and knowledge with accounting and taxes.

He wants to focus on small business, jobs and building our economy.

"I think small business is vital, to the economy. It provides a lot of jobs, it provides a lot of tax base," says Walters. "And going into the county commissioners position, I hope to use those years of experience, to help the county."

"I believe wholeheartedly that if you're going to do something like this, you have to go out, all out, always been a numbers kind of guy, and I feel that that really relates to what the job entails," says Barton.

Jeremy Barton works at the barber shop on Front Street.

He's been self-employed for seven years.

Barton says he wants to make a difference and knows how to be conservative with money.

He says working with the other commissioners and listening to the community, he can do what is best for the county.

Both stress the importance of getting out and voting this primary, making sure your voice is heard and caring about your country and your community.

Barton and Walters are running for the seat currently held by commissioner Tim Irvine.

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