Griffith ‘honored and humbled’ to be elected

Commonwealth’s Attorney Justin Griffith won his election on Tuesday with 13,074 votes.

Griffith, who was appointed Commonwealth’s Attorney after former prosecutor Mike Fleenor was named a judge in the 27th Circuit, took office on July 1. Previously he had served as Fleenor’s chief deputy. Griffith now will serve the final three years of Fleenor’s term.

He was running unopposed on the ballot, however, he faced a late write-in challenge after a group of citizens promoted Dublin attorney Angi Simpkins for election in a write-in effort. Only 858 people cast write-in ballots on Tuesday, but not all of those were for Simpkins.

“One of the greatest freedoms in this country is a person’s ability to vote,” Griffith said in a post-election statement.

“I stand for justice in this county every day. I am self motivated. It did not take an opponent to bring out my best. I have brought my best to the county since the day I started. I am honored and humbled to have been voted in by the residents of our county. The people of our county have always had my back and November 3rd was no exception,” he said.

“I am so thankful for the support in the community and everyone in our office. In addition, in this trying time for law enforcement officers, their support for me was simply overwhelming. I will always seek justice and do what is right. If we do not maintain justice, justice will not maintain us. We are blessed,” Griffith said.