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Hayden Wins Graves County Sheriff Race
By West Kentucky Star Staff
MAYFIELD - Jon Hayden has won election as Graves County Sheriff.

Hayden, who has been serving as interim Sheriff since earlier this year, defeated his Republican opponent Jason Clark with 70.92 percent of the vote. He was appointed Sheriff after Sheriff Dewayne Redmon died in February. 

"I'm just a little overwhelmed," Hayden told West Kentucky Star Tuesday night. "There was a lot of turmoil when [Sheriff Redmon] passed away. There was a lot of healing that needed to be done. I feel like it was my job to bring people together, try to bring about a little healing, and start evaluating things." 

Hayden said he decided to run after receiving a lot of encouragement from residents. He said his main focus as sheriff will be cleaning up the county's drug problem.

"Graves County is a big county, and there's a lot of crime here. A lot of it is rooted in the illegal drug trade. That is an issue that is very near and dear to my heart." I believe that we have the ability to work to make this area extremely uncomfortable for those folks to set up shop here." Hayden said.

Hayden said he didn't originally plan to run, but the response from Graves County residents was so positive he changed his mind.

"It's extremely humbling. This was not in my plan to do this, but I felt my home county needed me to step up. I felt like it was God's will that put me in this position. I'm just overwhelmed by the support for so many people."

Hayden has worked in law enforcement for 30 years, and served as McCracken County Sheriff from 2006-2018. He is a native of Graves County and graduate of Fancy Farm High School. After deciding not to run for a fourth term in McCracken County, Hayden and his wife Melissa moved back to Graves County last year.

Published 09:51 PM, Tuesday Nov. 05, 2019
Updated 04:54 AM, Thursday Nov. 07, 2019

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