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53 percent cast votes in local election

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By Dave Taylor

The percentage of registered Trimble County voters who turned out to vote on Nov. 6 was the smallest in several years in a general election involving a presidential race. Of the 6,656 registered voters in the county 3,579 – or 53 percent – cast ballots in last week’s election.

Four years ago, more than 3,800 registered voters, 59.3 percent of those 6,429 eligible, cast ballots in the presidential race between then-Sen. Barack Obama and Sen. John McCain, down somewhat from the 62.7 percent who turned out for the Bush/Kerry race in 2004, but more than the 2000 Bush/Gore contest that brought 55.3 percent of registered voters out.

During the two presidential races in the 1990s there were about one-third less voters registered to vote than the present day. In 1992, when Gov. Bill Clinton defeated incumbent President George H.W. Bush, 67 percent of about 4,200 registered Trimble voters cast ballot. Four years later when Clinton won re-election over Sen. Bob Dole 54 percent of Trimble’s voters exercised their right to vote.

Trimble joined with the rest of Kentucky in overwhelmingly supporting Republican Mitt Romney last week. Romney collected 2,133 votes while incumbent Democrat Obama received 1,355 votes – 129 less than his initial bid for election four years ago. Statewide, Romney outpolled Obama 1,087,136 votes to 679,356.

Kentucky’s turnout of 1,799,062 voters was considerably less than the 1,825,000 ballots cast by 63 percent of the 2.9 million registered voters in the state four years ago, and less than the 1,809,102 ballots cast eight years ago, reflecting nearly 65 percent of the 2004 electorate. Last week’s turnout was about 59 percent of the registered electorate statewide.

In the race to succeed Geoff Davis as Fourth District U.S. Congressman, Republican Thomas Massie defeated Democrat William R. Adkins in both the race to fill Davis’ uncompleted term and a new, two-year term. In Trimble County, Massie won 1,805 to 1,470 for Adkins. District-wide, Massie outpolled Adkins  with 62 percent of the vote, 186,026 to 104,730.

Rick Rand will continue to work for the citizens of the 47th District, as he defeated T.K. Broecker in the race for 47th District State Representative. Rand was the choice of 2,527 voters in Trimble County while Broecker polled 990. District-wide Rand received 61 percent of the vote—11,215 to 7,315.

In the race to replace retiring Barry Moore, Commonwealth Attorney for the 12th Judicial Circuit, Courtney Tigue Baxter outpolled William A. Carter, 25,559 to 12,339. Baxter’s candidacy generated 1,884 votes to Carter’s 1,499 in Trimble County.

Incumbents in two local school board races will continue in their positions next January. Kimberly Temple in District 1 and Scott Burrows in District 5 were both unopposed.

In the city of Milton, the commission seats will remain unchanged as incumbents Jerry Harmon, Tom Mahoney, Lynn Comeaux and Cecil Robak faced no opposition. Vote totals for the four were: Harmon, 163; Mahoney, 154; Comeaux, 149; and Robak, 138.

The Bedford Commission will also remain the same as the four incumbents outpolled the one challenger in the field. Vote totals were: Darrell Harmon, 103; Todd Pollock, 97; Frank Floyd, 87; Harold Greene, 86; and James Helm, 79.