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  • Greg Hasty upends Kris Franken for Camden County Presiding Commissioner

  • The controversial race for Camden County Presiding Commissioner came to an end with Greg Hasty upsetting incumbent Kris Franken with nearly 60 percent of the vote.
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  • The controversial race for Camden County Presiding Commissioner came to an end with Greg Hasty upsetting incumbent Kris Franken with nearly 60 percent of the vote.
    Hasty took an easy lead as election returns started coming in Tuesday night. Within an hour of the polls closing, Hasty was carrying 58 percent of the vote. By 8:15 p.m., with all 24 precincts reporting, Hasty slid to an easy victory with a total of 58.74 percent compared to 41.26 percent casting ballots for Franken. Of the 9,437 ballots cast in Camden County, Hasty walked away with 4,421 with Franken's final at 3,105.
    Despite an aggressive campaign against him and his criticism of the county's current leadership, Hasty managed to unseat the presiding commissioner.
    Hasty and Franken have gone head-to-head since Hasty announced his candidacy in late 2013. Although a number of issues were brought to the forefront during the campaign, it was planning and zoning in the Camden County Lakewide District that fueled the most discussion.
    Hasty has taken a strong stand on the need to revise the rules and regulations to make planning and zoning what he describes as a more workable document for the lakewide district.
    Franken was held to the fire over a number of planning and zoning cases he was involved with over the past 3 1/2 years.
    Franken will end his term as presiding commissioner in January 2015. He was elected in 2010 after a hard fought campaign against former presiding commissioner Carolyn Loraine.
    During his tenure in office, Franken has stepped in as the administrator for planning and zoning on two separate occasions when the county has found itself without anyone to lead that department.
    "I have enjoyed serving the citizens of Camden County over the past four years, and I believe that I am a better person from the experience," Franken said. "It is my sincerest hope that my successor will continue to build on the achievements of the past four years and will work responsibly from the solid financial base that I am passing on as I end my term.”
    Hasty has lived in the lake area his entire life, practicing as a surveyor for decades, including serving as Camden County surveyor.
    During the campaign, Hasty said if elected he would turn his business interests over to his children to run.
    Hasty did not provide a comment on his win to the Lake Sun.

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