Butler Race Reaction

By: Ryan Dearbone
By: Ryan Dearbone

There's a new day dawning in Morgantown.

Tuesday night's elections gave the town it's first new mayor in nearly four decades.

There was another noticeable change in Butler County thanks to Super Tuesday.

"I'm glad its over. Its overwhelming the support and the vote I got, so I'm just blessed the city pleasured me with running their city," said Eva Hawes, Mayor Elect.

Hawes will replace current mayor Charles Black who is in his 37th year in City Hall.

The Judge Executive's seat will also receive a makeover as David Fields takes the job over from long-time Judge Executive Hugh Evans.

Since 2003, Butler County has seen several industries such as Sumitomo and most recently American Rubber head out of town.

These losses seemed to mark a downward spiral for the community.

Both said that their main focus with their new positions is to bring back the thriving industrial businesses that Butler County used to have.

They said the best way to go about that is to get the entire community more involved.

"When Sumitomo left, naturally it dropped and other related industries left and one thing that happened when one of these things happens is we started blaming each other," Fields said.

"We've lost a lot of jobs and we've got to work together. We've got new elected officials so I think we'll have a good council and I think we can work together," Hawes noted.

Evans told WBKO in a phone interview the loss of those factories probably contributed to the changing of the political guard.

Hawes said she hopes her regime will return a sense of community to the area. "I think it'll be a change of people working together, of living together of coming together."

WBKO was unable to contact outgoing mayor Black for comment.

Hawes also said she also wants to improve sidewalks and provide activities for Butler County youth during her term as mayor.

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