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Hunting defeats challenger in county attorney matchup

By CRYSTAL HERBER, Herald Staff Writer | 11/6/2012

After a few months on the job, Stephen Hunting will remain the county’s top prosecutor.

Hunting, 38, Gardner, held onto the position as Franklin County attorney after amassing more than 68 percent of the total votes in Tuesday’s general election, according to an unofficial vote count. With a smile on his face, Hunting said he was happy with the results.

After a few months on the job, Stephen Hunting will remain the county’s top prosecutor.

Hunting, 38, Gardner, held onto the position as Franklin County attorney after amassing more than 68 percent of the total votes in Tuesday’s general election, according to an unofficial vote count. With a smile on his face, Hunting said he was happy with the results.

“I’m pleased with the outcome and thankful that the voters of Franklin County are going to give me an opportunity to serve them for four more years,” Hunting said shortly after the results of all 25 precincts in the county had been reported.

Appointed county attorney by Gov. Sam Brownback in May, Hunting began serving after being selected by the Franklin County Republican Central Committee to fill the role of the county’s chief prosecutor. Since that time, Hunting has made several changes that he said he and his staff feel good about and will help the people of Franklin County.

“Hope to continue the work that we’ve started,” he said.

Hunting’s competitor, Libertarian Fred Campbell, Garnett, received about 32 percent of the more than 9,800 votes cast in the county attorney race.

Having never served in an elected office before, it was the first election in which Hunting had participated. Through this process, he said, he has learned a few things.

“You should never take anything for granted, that it’s a wonderful process we go through, and it’s something that makes this country special,” he said. “I’m just glad I was able to be a part of the process and glad that the voters trust enough in what we’re doing in our office to let us continue the good work.”

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