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Stacy M. Bruner will be the county’s next Circuit Court Clerk.
Bruner beat her opponent, John C. Edwards, by a 654-425 margin in the Primary Election on Tuesday, May 22. She carried all but two of the 12 precincts. With no Republican candidate in the race, Bruner will be unopposed in the General Election on Nov. 6.
The Bruner/Edwards matchup was the only county office on the ballot this time around.
Both political newcomers, the two candidates were vying for the seat currently held by Edwards’ mother, Theresa Edwards, who decided not to run for re-election. Circuit Court clerks are elected to six-year terms.
After the results were announced at the courthouse Tuesday night, Bruner said she had visited about 75-80 percent of the homes in the county during her campaign.
“It’s been a really fun experience,” she said. “The people of Trimble County are really great. They’ve been really kind to me, and they have made it a great experience for me. I never had a rude person at the door and that means a lot to me.”
She praised her opponent, who congratulated her in the hallway after polling numbers indicated Bruner had won.
“We both ran a good race and we both showed up in the same places, and I think we both did a great job,” Bruner said. “I’m really pleased with both of our campaigns. They were very clean and very well organized. I wish him the best in whatever he does from here on.”
Bruner expressed thanked her campaign manager, Clay Helton, and others who helped her in the weeks leading up to the election.
“I was expecting it to be a tight race to be honest,” Bruner said. “I wasn’t sure about winning, but I’m quite glad.”
Voter turnout light
About 21 percent of registered Trimble County voters turned out for the Primary last week – 1,290 voters went to the polls and 42 sent in absentee ballots, according to County Clerk Jerry Powell.
The only county race on this year’s ballot was for Circuit Court clerk – an office with a six-year term.
In 2006, the last Circuit Court clerk election, numerous county races also were contested, including sheriff, jailer and the four magistrates.
In that election, 2,531 voters turned out at the polls, more than double last week’s number.
In the presidential race, a majority of 570 local Democrats were “uncommitted”at the polls, leaving President Obama with just 352 votes.
Mitt Romney outdistanced all others whose names appeared on the Republican ballot in the presidential race, taking 122 votes. Ron Paul finished a distant second with 32 votes; Rick Santorum took 30 votes; and Newt Gingrich, 13. Seven voters in that race remained uncommitted.
William “Bill” Adkins outpaced Greg Frank in the Democratic Primary for U.S. Representative of Kentucky’s 4th District. That seat is being vacated by Republican Geoff Davis, who chose not to run for re-election.
Adkins took 544 votes to Frank’s 313. Districtwide, Adkins took 68 percent of the vote and will face Republican Thomas Massie in November.
Massie took nearly 45 percent of the vote in the GOP primary, defeating his opponents. Local vote totals in that race were: Massie, 79; Alecia Webb-Edington, 62; Walter Christian Schumm, 36; Gary Moore, 14; Marc Carey, 5; and Brian D. Oerther and Tom Wurtz each generated, three apiece.
Trimble’s Republican voters selected T.K. Broecker over Charity Edmonston (102-78) for the right to challenge incumbent Rick Rand for state representative of the 47th District. Broecker won the vote districtwide and will face Rand, who had no Democrat opponent in the primary.
In the Republican primary for 12th Judicial Circuit Commonwealth’s Attorney, Trimble voters selected Courtney Tigue Baxter over John Shaughnessy, 113 to 77. Baxter will face Democrat William Carter in November.