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Surveyor elected, office abolished

By Kristen Tribe | Published Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Wise County voters decided to abolish the office of county surveyor in Tuesday’s general election.

Davey Edwards, who was running for the position on the same ballot, received 17,378 votes, but the proposition to abolish the office passed 8,163 to 6,800.

More people voted for Edwards than voted on the proposition – for or against. Edwards said voter turnout was greater than he expected, and it was difficult to educate that many voters.

“It’s just hard to reach that many people and educate them on the position, which is what I tried to do over the last several months. But I reached at least half of them.”

Edwards said he doesn’t think the office will ever be re-established in Wise County.

“It is what it is, and the voters did decide,” he said. “And that’s what I’m going to have to go with. … But I still feel like it was a personal attack because there was no opportunity to defend the position before the abolishment was brought up in a motion to the commissioners.”

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