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Washington County Commissioners set to temporarily replace 8th District Commissioner Matthew Morris

Washington County 8th District Commissioners Steve Light, left, and Matthew Morris, right, swear in during a ceremony in 2014. The Washington County Commission will temporarily fill Morris' seat while he is on military deployment.
Washington County 8th District Commissioners Steve Light, left, and Matthew Morris, right, are sworn in during a ceremony in 2014. The Washington County Commission will temporarily fill Morris’ seat while he is on military deployment.

By COLLIN BROOKS

Staff Writer

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During the Washington County Commission meeting on Monday, May 23, the body will have the opportunity to add a person to their ranks in order to replace, on a temporary basis, the 8th District seat held by commissioner Matthew Morris, who is currently on deployed military service.

The 8th district includes includes Fall Branch, Bowmantown, Limestone and a large rural area and has 9,412 inhabitants, according to the last election cycle numbers.

Morris told the Herald and Tribune that he has sent an e-mail to the commission in support of Pat Wolfe. Wolfe served on the commission for 16 years before not seeking reelection in 2014.

In that e-mail, Morris told the commissioners “I have spoken with Pat, and he has informed me that he will be happy and honored to fulfill my duties while I am deployed for active military service. Pat is a veteran both in military service and of this Washington County Commission, and I believe he will be instrumental in continuing the progress of this commission.”

Wolfe did not seek reelection in 2014. He finished his term as a 9th District Commissioner, but after the 2010 census data was collected and installed in the 2012 cycle, Wolfe’s address was moved into the 8th District. That is how he will

Although it appears that Wolfe won’t be the only person that will be nominated when the commission meets on Monday night.

A Fall Branch contingency is set to attend the meeting, according to Washington County Commission chairman Greg Matherly. He was contacted by a group from Fall Branch that said they would like representation on the commission and want Brad Baines nominated for the role.

Baines, who had never run for public office until the last election cycle and lost to Morris.

Current 8th District Commissioner Steve Light is also set to nominate Ben Bowman, who held the seat until he was defeated by Morris.

“He has been a commissioner before and he has the experience,” Light said. “He came in third, I even went to the election commission and asked how the votes went and he came in next in line. He is my choice. He studies out everything and I think he does a good job.”

Bowman held office until he was defeated in the 2014 election by Morris. That is something that Morris mentioned in his e-mail to the commission.

“There has been mention of temporarily filling my seat with a former commissioner of District 8 who was overwhelmingly defeated in this last election in favor of positive, forward thinking ideas,” Morris wrote. “I feel this would be a massive disappointment to myself, and a slap in the face to my constituents if this happened.”

Any candidate will have to be nominated by a commissioner, which will then go to a vote by the full commission.