February 24, 2010 Edition

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Latham will not seek
12th term as judge

Lawrence County Judge Alex Latham (right) and County Sheriff Dan Ellison discuss county business on Tuesday. Latham announced Tuesday that he will not seek a 12th term as judge. Ellison had previously announced that he will not seek re-election as sheriff.
Gretchen Hunt

For the first time in more than 20 years, when Lawrence County voters go to the polls, Alex Latham's name will not be listed on the ballot for the position of county judge.

He said the decision has not been an easy one, but he feels the time is right.

"There is a season for everything," Latham said.

First elected to office in 1988, Latham has won re-election 10 times and is currently serving in his 11th term. He said he is proud of what has been accomplished during his tenure.

"One of the greatest accomplishments has been the replacement of all of our wooden bridges except two," he said.

When he took office there were 134 wooden bridges in the county. They have been replaced with concrete bridges or tank cars.

He said he is also proud that the county has managed to maintain a good financial record despite tough times.

"We've always had a balanced budget and kept our finances in the bounds of our revenues," he said.

Latham is grateful for the support that he has received during his time as county judge.

"It's been a pleasure to be a public servant for the past 22 years," he said. "Even though it can be stressful, you get a lot of blessings out of serving others. I've always received a good vote in every election, which makes you feel good about your service, but there just comes a time when you have to move on."

While Latham has confirmed that he will not seek re-election as county judge, he is not counting out other positions just yet.

"I still want to be in public service," he said. "I am considering other political options."

At this time those who have announced plans to run for county judge are Dale Freeman of Powhatan and Ronnie "Frog" Light of Minturn.

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