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June 4, 2014

Election results unchanged after recanvass

Races for Judge-Executive, Sheriff examined

WHITLEY CITY —  Two recanvasses were conducted Thursday by the McCreary County Board of Elections but in the end, the tallies remained the same.

    Both requests were made last Tuesday, the last day to seek a recanvass. The simple procedure merely involves a review of each voting machine’s computer tape and can be conducted at no cost to the candidate.

    The first recanvass was requested by Milford Creekmore II, who lost the Republican nomination for Sheriff to two-time incumbent Gus Skinner by just 18 votes. They were joined by fellow candidate Danny Lee Crabtree, and all ended the endeavor with handshakes after the election totals were confirmed. Sheriff Skinner retained the GOP nomination with 1,393 votes to Creekmore’s 1,375; Kirk Coffey’s 309 and Crabtree’s 106.

    Skinner won half of the county’s 18 precincts with Creekmore taking seven plus the early voting. Coffey won two precincts in his home base of western McCreary County.

    The second recanvass was requested by Jimmie “Bevo” Greene, who lost the Republican nomination for Judge-Executive to incumbent Doug Stephens by 27 votes. Greene was represented Thursday by Allen Campbell, who stood beside Judge Stephens as the tallies were confirmed. Stephens kept the nomination with 1,185 votes to Greene’s 1,158 and Greg Burdine’s 795.

    Stephens also won half the precincts (and early voters) but tied with Greene in East Pine Knot. Greene took six precincts with Burdine winning two in his home base of southern McCreary County.

    Two other races were decided by a slim margin but were not contested. In the Democrat Primary for County Attorney, challenger Conley Chaney (454) defeated incumbent Austin Price (431) by 23 votes. In the Republican Primary for District 1 Constable, two-time incumbent Jamie Higginbotham (319) defeated Dustin Ridner (302) by 17 votes.

    Candidates also had the option of seeking a recount, which involves the examination of actual ballots and requires circuit court action at the expense of the requester. That deadline passed on Friday with no filings.

    Barring a filing from a write-in candidate by October 24, the following offices are presumptively set with the candidates currently unopposed: County Attorney Conley Chaney, County Clerk Eric Haynes, State Senator Max Wise, State Representative Ken Upchurch, Circuit Judge Paul Winchester, Circuit Judge Dan Ballou, District Judge Fred White and District Judge Cathy Prewitt.

    The following races will appear on the November General Election ballot:

    • County Judge-Executive: Douglas Stephens (R) vs. Jimmy Waters (D)

    • Sheriff: Gus Skinner (R) vs. Randy Waters (D)

    • Jailer: Jessie Hatfield (R) vs. Derek L. Jones (D)

    • Coroner: Tim Corder (R) vs. Ted Coffey (D)

    • PVA: Bruce Lominac (R) vs. Joni Carson (D) vs. Florence King (Independent)

    • Magistrate District 1: Leroy “OL” Perry (R) vs. Pat Coffey (D) vs. Earl Brooks (I)

    • Magistrate Dist. 2: Roger Phillips (R) vs. Jonathan Coffey (D)

    • Magistrate Dist. 3: Jason Mann (R) vs. David Murphy (D)

    • Magistrate Dist. 4: Duston Baird (R) vs. Frankie Ball (D)

    • Constable Dist. 1: Jamie Higginbotham (R) vs. Bill Hayes (D)

    • Constable Dist. 2: Freddie Clark (R) vs. Joshua Strunk (D)

    • Constable Dist. 3: Donald Daugherty (R) vs. Tim Dixon (D).

    • Constable Dist. 4: David Kilby (R) vs. Lewis Ball (D).

    • U.S. Representative Dist. 5: Hal Rogers (R) vs. Kenneth Stepp (D)

    • U.S. Senator: Mitch McConnell (R) vs. Alison Lundergan Grimes (D) vs. Ed Marksberry (I) vs. David Patterson (Libertarian) vs. Robert Edward Ransdell (write-in)

    • 3rd District Court of Appeals Div. 1: Michael O. Caperton vs. Debra Hembree Lambert

    • 3rd District Court of Appeals Div. 2: James H. Lambert vs. Paul Henderson.

    There will also be two nonpartisan races for the McCreary County Board of Education in Districts 2 and 4.

    The deadline to file for candidacy in those races is August 12.

 

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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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