Incumbent Mike O'Connell held off Democratic challenger Karen Faulkner in Tuesday night's primary to remain Jefferson County Attorney, saying he felt the win is “affirmation of the way I’ve served over the last six years.”

"I'm very grateful that the voters have given me another opportunity," said O'Connell, who has no Republican challenger and will serve a four-year term.

But Faulkner, who lost 55 percent to 45 percent and received more than 26,000 votes, said that "obviously" a lot of
voters "do not affirm his work over the last six years and in fact sought for a change."

"I hope that maybe my opponent looks at changing himself," she said in an interview, criticizing his temperament and the fact that he solicits donations from his employees, among other things.

Faulkner said she was proud of her campaign and would be back for another run.

"I do have a vision for the county attorneys office and I would like to hold this position in the future," she said. "I certainly believe that I have the support in the community."

O’Connell, who was appointed in 2008 and won election four years ago, said he was grateful to his family for their support and promised to “work hard and bring honor to the office and to the system we work in day in and day out."

And O’Connell said he didn’t feel the need for any major changes in the way he would run his office, saying he would "stay the course" and continue to fight hard to prosecute drunk drivers and protect victims of domestic violence.

"This office will move forward, not backward," he said.

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