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By DAVE TAYLOR
The Trimble Banner
There will be two new members of next year’s Trimble County Fiscal Court as a result of Tuesday’s Democrat Primary Election. Don McCarty and Kenny Green will join incumbent David Scott and a fourth magistrate who will be determined by the Nov. 4 General Election. While incumbent Nolan Hamilton, Jr., defeated Travis Webster in the Democratic Primary for the District 1 seat, Hamilton faces Republican challenger William E. Sizemore in the fall.
Voter turnout in Trimble County in Tuesday’s Primary Election was slightly better than what had been predicted statewide. According to Trimble County Clerk Tina Browning, 31 percent of Trimble’s registered voters cast ballots. The Kentucky Secretary of State’s office had predicted less than 30 percent of Kentucky voters would vote Tuesday, according to a report in the Lexington Herald Leader.
In the race for Trimble County Fiscal Court Magistrate District 1, Hamilton received 255 votes to Webster’s 204. This race was decided by voters from the West Milton, North Milton and Leeport precincts.
In the Magistrate District 2 race, challenger Kenny Green received 177 votes, incumbent Kirby L. Melvin 139 and challenger Chris Wright 92. District 2 includes the South Bedford, Burrows and North Bedford precincts.
Green said he felt the insurance tax implemented by fiscal court last year might have been a factor in his victory. The new tax, he said, “was brought up in conversations with several of the people that live out in the county. I hope we can find some avenues to reduce that tax, if not completely do away with it, but that’s yet to be seen.”
Green said his goal is “to try to get more people involved with what goes on here in the county to where everybody can have a voice in what goes on before it’s voted on and passed – at least that the residents know what’s going on before it happens.”
The District 3 Magistrate race featured five candidates for voters to choose from. They re-elected David Scott (183 votes) over challengers Norvel C. Barnes (163 votes), Craig Lacefield (108 votes), Mark Mullins (46 votes) and Deborah Crawford (36 votes). The Palmyra, East Milton and South Milton precincts comprise District 3.
The tightest race of the election was in District 4 where Don McCarty defeated Philip A. Wright by seven votes, 164-157. Incumbent Stephen Stark did not seek re-election. Precincts in District 4 include Antioch, Providence and East Bedford.
“I don’t know what the difference would have been,” McCarty said of the tight race. “I appreciate everybody sticking with me.”
McCarty said one of his goals after taking office would be “to get a handle on spending. I’d like to sit down and look at it and tweak what the county budget is and look at better ways to stretch our dollar. I did that in the concrete plants with all of our vendors and suppliers, taking bids and cutting costs. It worked there and I’m sure it can work on the county budget.”
Incumbent Bobby Temple won the race for Trimble County Jailer, outpolling Doug Wingham and Bob J. Scott. Vote totals were Temple, 967; Wingham 659; and Scott 90.
In the Republican Primary for the U.S. Senate seat held by current Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, the incumbent faced four challengers: Chris Payne, Shawna Sterling. Matt Bevin and Brad Copas. Trimble Republicans went for McConnell over Bevin 160 to 114. Sterling had seven votes, Payne five and Copas three.
Trimble’s Democrats voted with the rest of the state in nominating Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes as the candidate to face McConnell in the fall. Grimes, with 1,047 votes in Trimble, won handily over Tom Recktenwald (166), Greg Leichty (153) and Charles Farnsley (137).
In the Republican Primary for the 20th Senate District seat in the Kentucky General Assembly, Trimble voters favored incumbent Paul R. Hornback over challenger Tom McMurdy 222 votes to 46. There were no Democrats in the race for this seat in the Primary. The district includes Trimble, Carroll, Henry and Shelby counties and a portion of Jefferson County.
The following races were uncontested and did not appear on the ballot in Tuesday’s Primary:
U.S. Congressional District 4 – Thomas Massie (incumbent) Republican. There were no Democrats in the race for this seat in the Primary.
State Representative 47th District – Rick Rand (incumbent) Democrat. No Republicans filed in the race for this seat.
Trimble County Judge-Executive – Jerry Powell (incumbent) Democrat. Although a challenger’s name did appear on the ballot, candidate Jason Jenkins withdrew weeks before the election. Votes in the judge-executive’s race were not counted.
Trimble County Fiscal Court Magistrate District 1 – William E. Sizemore (Republican). Sizemore will face Democrat incumbent Nolan Hamilton, Jr., in the Nov. 4, General Election.
Trimble County Attorney – Incumbent Perry R. Arnold (Republican) and Crystal L. Heinz (Democrat) were unopposed in their respective parties in the May Primary. The two will square off in the General Election this fall.
Trimble County Clerk – Tina Browning (incumbent) Democrat.
Trimble County Coroner – Frederica Congleton (incumbent) Democrat.
Trimble County Property Valuation Administrator – Jill Hudson Mahoney (incumbent) Democrat.
Trimble County Sheriff – Tim Coons (incumbent) Democrat.
Constable District 1 – Stephan McClelland (Democrat).
Constable District 2 – Mike Wright (Democrat).
Constable District 3 – Chris Yates (Democrat).
Constable District 4 – Eric Haller (Democrat).
Trimble County Clerk Tina Browning said that other than a few minor glitches all went well with the voting in each precinct.