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Pickering reelected as tax assessor/collector

Two Republican candidates ran for the duty to assess the county’s taxes Tuesday. Incumbent Blake Pickering ran against challenger Wendy Mullen Smith and won by 74.13 percent, compared to Smith with 25.81 percent.

“Thank you to the citizens of Lincoln County for the overwhelming support you have shown me,” Pickering said. “I will continue to work hard to earn each and every vote. I appreciate all the encouragement you have shown me along the way, and I ask that you continue remembering me in your prayers moving forward.”

Pickering received 6,170 votes, while Smith got 2,148 votes.

“I enjoyed meeting and visiting with the residents of Lincoln County,” Smith said. “I thank my family and friends for their support. I would like to thank the Lord for allowing me to travel this road during this time in my life.”

This will be Pickering’s second term to serve as tax assessor/collector for Lincoln County.