The Crawford County Republican Party filled a vacancy in nomination for a county position Thursday.

The party reconvened its county convention at its headquarters at 620 B Main St. in Van Buren at 7 p.m. Thursday. In the end, Chase Hall DeCroo was voted to fill the vacancy in nomination for the Crawford County District 3 justice of the peace position.

DeCroo said although he would have preferred that the election went to the voters, he is looking forward to working with everybody in the county and other leaders and doing the best he can.

Debbie Atwell, chairwoman of the Crawford County Republican Party, said in a previous Times Record article the party had until Saturday to select and certify a nominee for the position. Both candidates running for the position during the June 19 primary runoff election in Crawford County, DeCroo and fellow Republican Jim Atchison, tallied 35 votes, according to certified results provided by the Crawford County Clerk’s Office. No Democratic candidate ran for the position during the May 22 primary election.

Atwell previously told the Times Record the county convention, which was originally called to order and recessed June 25, was reconvened July 10 to make decisions about how to fill the vacancy in nomination. It was during this meeting that a motion was made that nominations would be accepted from DeCroo and Atchison. 

When the convention was reconvened Thursday, DeCroo and Atchison were each allotted five minutes to give a campaign speech for the position. After the speeches, 15 members from the June 25 county convention cast ballots for their preferred candidate. The ballots were counted afterward, and DeCroo was declared the winner. Atwell said DeCroo received 11 votes while Atchison received four votes.

The county convention was adjourned after the vacancy was filled.