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Christopher Lee wins Harris Township supervisor seat

Christopher Lee will return to the Board of Supervisors for a third time.

Lee, a Democrat, received 640 votes to Republican Franklin Harden’s 604, winning 51 to 48 percent, according to unofficial county results Tuesday night.

“I think the residents of Harris Township preferred carefully planned growth and for not rezoning agricultural land,” Lee said. “And I feel that it was a personal vote of confidence, for which I’m very grateful.”

Harden did not return a call for comment late Tuesday.

The two men competed for the seat left by current Supervisor Cliff Warner, who did not advance out of the primary.

Harden and Lee both have lived in the township for decades, and they stumped outside the same Harris West precinct late Tuesday afternoon, both sporting green jackets and greeting voters, many by name.

They agreed it was inspiring to see such a high turnout — 30 percent in Harris East and 32 percent in Harris West — and to see a number of handicapped residents make the effort to get to the polls.