For the second time in just over a year, Mary Swain defeated former deputy clerk Jeff Wyrick in a vote to represent the Republican Party as the Butler County Clerk of Courts.
Swain received almost 61 percent of the vote, while Wyrick finished with 39 percent on Super Tuesday. In January 2011, after Cindy Carpenter left the clerks position, Swain also narrowly defeated Wyrick in a vote administered by the Butler County Republican Party.
“We won because we had the right message of a fiscally conservative government and office. In addition to that, the reason we were able to get our message to the voters and we were heard and understood is because of the hundreds of volunteers we had on our team,” Swain said.
“A campaign as successful as ours does not happen by itself and it doesn’t happen through the candidate’s efforts. It happens through the effort of the team.”
During the campaign there had been some tension between the two candidates, but Wyrick wanted to wish Swain luck and thank his supporters after the loss.
“I just want press upon how appreciative I am of the people who helped me and of the team of supporters that I had,” Wyrick said. “I was very fortunate to have a lot of help and I want to recognize those people.
“I just want to wish my opponent success in the future and congratulations. It was a hard fought race and I am very appreciative of every one who helped me.”
Swain will not be challenged in November. Swain start a new four-year term in January 2013.