Incumbents win in local primary races

Staff Report

Incumbents ruled the ballot box on Tuesday as local voters went to the polls for Kentucky’s Primary Election.

In Mason County, voter turnout was 32 percent with 2,400 ballots cast.

With only Democrats on the ballot, County Attorney John Estill was victorious in his campaign for reelection. Estill received 1,675 votes while challenger Bryan Underwood received 694 votes.

Estill, who was originally took office in January 1994, said he was thankful for the confidence Mason County voters had in him.

“I appreciate the confidence of Mason County voters in the job done by my office and staff,” he said. “There are so many jobs yet to be done. I look forward to continuing to serve as county attorney. I also appreciate all of the voters and the election workers who make this election happen.”

Estill said his goals include continuing to serve the county to the best of his ability.

“My goals are to provide Mason County the best legal representation it can have and to continue to be fair and tackle all the legal problems faced in the county,” he said.

In the race for jailer, incumbent Lisa Kern-Yeary received 1,631 votes while Stephanie Wood received 715. Kern-Yeary will face Republican Ryan Hull in the November election.

Kern-Yeary said was thankful for the support she received.

“I am honored and proud to be the Democratic nominee for the upcoming November election,” she said. “I am thankful for everyone who supported me. It’s awe inspiring to see what can happen when people rally together with a common goal. This race has encouraged me to continue my goals to make the jail better. I also want to recognize Stephanie Wood for running a competitive campaign and I wish her well.”

For County Commissioner, Second District, Chris O’Hearn received 1,151 votes, while Curtis M. Rosser received 795 votes and Woodie Insko received 422 votes. O’Hearn will face Republican Ray Walters in November.

In the Democratic race for 4th District U.S. Representative for Congress, Seth Hall received 891 votes, tops in Mason County with Patti Piatt and Christina Lord garnering 591 and 305 votes respectively. The winner will face Republican Congressman Thomas Massie in November.

Other results from local races include:

Bracken County — Incumbent Heather Rechtin won the Democratic Circuit Clerk nomination with 1,170 votes to opponent Cindy Bravard Berry’s 1,035 with 36 percent of voters casting ballots. In the Judge-Executive Democratic primary, incumbent Tina K. Teegarden won with 1,284 votes, beating out Rob Schweitzer 639 and Ashley King 342.

Incumbent Rae Jean Poe won the Democratic County Clerk nomination with 1,602 votes to opponent Jimmy Arthur’s 688. In the Democratic Sheriff race, incumbent Howard Niemeier won with 1,214 against James B. Cox 581 and Kevin Stears 500. For Democratic Jailer, Charlie Clos won with 1,289 votes against Eddie Tucker 771 and R.D. Woodruff 169.

In the District One Magistrate race, Carl Allen Jr. won against Jerome Lynn Hay 155-113. In District Two, Craig Miller beat Jackie Hopkins 157 votes to 66. In District Three, David B. Kelsch won with 220 votes to Wendell High’s 57. Christopher Cummins beat David Mark for the District Four magistrate seat 225 votes to 113. The fifth-district constable race Kile Brooks beat Greg Cummins 161 to 99 votes. In the sixth district, John H. Corlis beat Mark Tucker 185 votes to 138. In District Seven, Doug Smith beat Eric Bravard 193-43. In District Eight, Dennis C. Jefferson beat Jeff Williams 214 votes to 123.

In the 4th District U.S. House race, Seth Hall narrowly beat Patti Piatt for the Democratic nomination in Bracken 795 votes to 686. The winner will face Republican Congressman Thomas Massie in the fall election.

Fleming County — With only two local contests on the Democratic side of the ballot and 16 percent of voters visiting the polls, voters in the Fourth District Magistrate race gave the nod to incumbent James Smoot with 134 voter over Danny Stephens with 109 and in District 5, Shawn Royce was defeated by incumbent Rickey Lewis, 146 to 99.

In the Democratic race for 6th District U.S. Representative for Congress, Amy McGrath defeated Lexington Mayor Jim Gray, 684-388. The winner will face Republican Congressman Andy Barr in the fall after he defeated challenger Chuck Eddy.

Lewis County — Incumbent Glenda Himes received 1,170 votes from Lewis County Republican voters on Tuesday, with Leslie Collier earning 1,052.

In the Magistrate District One race, there was a tie with 334 votes each between Johnny Osborne and Terri Thomas. The winner will be decided by a coin toss, officials said. In the District One Constable race, David Lancaster was the winner over Jeremy R. Hampton with 456 votes 167. For Constable, Second District, Carey Highfield won over Mark Riley and Joseph Kane, with Highfield receiving 276 votes, Riley with 129, and Kane with 38.

In the District Four Magistrate contest, challenger Chuck Swearingen won over incumbent Steve Applegate with 329 votes over Applegate’s 217.

In the only race on the Democratic side of the ballot, Seth Hall won the race for 4th District U.S. Representative with 106 votes. Patti Piatt came second with 90 votes. The winner will face off against Republican incumbent Thomas Massie in the General Election.

Robertson County — With 40 percent of voters turning out Tuesday, incumbent Stephanie A. Bogucki won the Democratic primary for Judge-Executive against Billy “Hammer” Allison, 452-322.

In the Democratic primary for Sheriff, incumbent Mark Sutton won 421 votes with challengers Scott Johnson 214 and Benny Renner 142.

Terry L. Norris narrowly won reelection as Magistrate for District One, winning 72 votes over Marvin Stewart with 54 and Vernon Kenny Highfield 48.

For District 3, incumbent Larry W. Jones won against Sherry Cain Myers, 84 to 72 votes.

For the fifth Magistrate District, Billy Stitt won the seat over incumbent Donnie Moore, 89 votes to 55 votes.

In the U.S. Congressional race, Andy Barr took the Republican side of Robertson County and Amy McGrath took the Democratic nomination from Robertson.

Staff Report