Chuck Thaxton was the winner of  a runoff this week for the Polk County Commission District 2 seat, beating incumbent Ray Barber, 746 to 569.

The two were the top vote-getters in the four-person Republican primary; however, neither received more than 50 percent of the vote to win outright.

With no Democrat opposition in November Thaxton will take the seat starting Jan. 1, 2017.

Thaxton thanked Barber for his service Tuesday and said his first focus in office would be on