By MARY RAINWATER
In a close race for Anderson County Precinct 1 Commissioner, newcomer Republican candidate Greg Chapin clenched the seat with just 44 votes more than longtime Democrat incumbent Joe Chaffin Tuesday.
Chapin garnered 2,148 votes over Chaffin’s 2,104 votes to win the race, with Chapin receiving early votes of 1,327 to Chaffin’s 1,266.
Chapin, who anxiously watched results with his family at the Anderson County Courthouse Annex Tuesday night reported being overwhelmed by the results.
“I just want to thank everybody,” Chapin told the Herald-Press after sharing congratulatory hugs and kisses with his family. “I thank the Lord most of all. It was God who led me to and through this.
“With His guidance and the support of my family and friends and all those who believed in me — I just hope I won’t let you down,” he added. “I plan to work hard for (my constituents). I’m just waiting to hear from the public to see what they want.”
Chaffin’s loss on Tuesday will conclude 20-years of service to Anderson County as commissioner — his fifth and final term will end in December.
“It was a good close race,” Chaffin said. “Twenty years has been a good run. (Chapin) will not find a precinct in better shape than the one he will take over (in January).”
While Chaffin did not say he would be retiring, he did say he was going to “shave just once a week and spend time with his grandkids.
“I just want to enjoy life,” he said, “and to wait and see what comes next.”
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