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May 22, 2014

PRIMARY 2014

Election marked by several close races

WHITLEY CITY —  Nearly 40 percent of McCreary County voters turned out for yesterday’s Primary Election as opposed to just 27 percent statewide.

    Locally 4,210 ballots were cast among 11,033 total registered voters with several county races ending in nail-bitingly close decisions.

    [NOTE: Due to our deadline, The Record is focusing only on the local winners of contested races.

    Some candidates automatically advanced to November’s General Election, while legislative races may have different district outcomes. Recap sheets may be found here and here.]

    In the race for County Judge-Executive, incumbent Republican Doug Stephens held on by a mere 27 votes over Jimmie “Bevo” Greene with Greg Burdine coming in third. Stephens will face Democrat Jimmy Waters, who defeated Phillip Brian Hill and Scottie Morrow, this fall.

    Likewise, incumbent Republican Sheriff Gus Skinner defeated challenger Milford Creekmore II by a mere 18 votes, followed by Kirk Coffey and Danny Lee Crabtree. Skinner will again face Democrat Randy Waters, who defeated John “Mike” Foster, in November.

    Democrat challenger Conley Chaney is the presumptive County Attorney (barring a write-in challenge) after defeating incumbent Austin Price by just 23 votes.

    Squaring off in the Jailer’s race will be Republican Jessie Hatfield and Democrat Derek L. Jones, who defeated incumbent Tony Ball (finishing third behind Jones and Harvey Meadows).

    Republican Tim Corder defeated incumbent Coroner Daniel Ridener and Jennifer Adkins to face Democrat (and past coroner) Teddy Coffey, who defeated Tammy Soard Helton.

    In the magisterial races, only the Republican nominations were contested in the Primary. District 1 incumbent Stan Cox was defeated by Leroy “OL” Perry; District 2 incumbent Roger Phillips advances to the General as does District 3 incumbent Jason Mann. In the 4th District, Duston Baird won the Republican nomination to face Democrat incumbent Frankie Ball this fall.

    All four Republican incumbent Constables — Jamie Higginbotham (District 1), Freddie Clark (2), Donald Daugherty (3) and David Kilby (4) will advance to the November General.

    Daugherty will face a Democrat challenge this fall with Tim Dixon defeating Raymond Prewitt.

    In state races, incumbent Republican U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell and Democrat challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes carried both the state and county. Kenneth Stepp once again won the Democrat nomination in both McCreary County and the 5th District to face veteran Congressman Hal Rogers this fall.

    While incumbent State Senator Sara Beth Gregory handily won McCreary County, Republican challenger Max Wise won the seven-county district by a margin of 14,037 votes to Gregory’s 11,743.

    Local challenger Jessica Burke defeated Republican incumbent Ken Upchurch in the State Representative race in McCreary County only but he won the three-county district overall with nearly 64 percent of the votes cast.

    McCreary County Clerk Eric Haynes did not face opposition.

    McCreary County PVA Bruce Lominac will face challenges from Democrat Joni Carson and Independent Florence King this fall.

    It is expected that some of the closer races will be subject to recanvass.

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Hatfield Lane 22 marijuana plants

The McCreary County Sheriff’s Office seized a total of 22 marijuana plants Saturday evening from a residence on Hatfield Lane in Whitley City. That case will be presented to the grand jury, but three individuals encountered during the investigation were arrested on unrelated charges.

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