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Incumbents, GOP carry Jessamine

In a night that saw better than 50% voter turnout in Jessamine  County, established candidates carried the day.

President Donald Trump, U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell, and U.S. Reps. Andy Barr and Brett Guthrie all won easily by securing more than 60 percent of the votes in their respective races.

Republican candidate Matt Lockett easily defeated Democrat Carolyn Dupont for the 39th District state representative seat, 11,662 to 6,689. Current State Rep. Russ Meyer chose not to run for re-election.

The three incumbent Nicholasville city commissioners, Patty Teater, Alex Carter and Betty Black all placed in the top four, with Bethany Davis Brown placing as well. At least one new person will join the commission after current commissioner Doug Blackford did not seek another term.

The six Wilmore City Council incumbents, Andy Bathje, Leonard Fitch, David Riel, Jim Brumfeld, Kim Deyer and Jeff Baier, were the top vote-getters among the seven candidates.

Jessamine County Clerk Johnny Collier said the results won’t be final until after 4 p.m. Friday. Any absentee ballots postmarked Nov. 3 and received by 4 p.m. Friday will be counted.

Collier estimated there were about 100 absentee ballots which have not been returned. There bigger races shouldn’t change, he said, but some of the city commission and city council seats could change.

“Anyone within 100 votes could change,” he said. “The city commission could change, but the other races should stay.”

Collier said about 9,000 absentee ballots were sent out for this election.

The day, he said, went well. Early voting was heavy, but remained steady throughout the day.

Wilmore Mayor Harold Rainwater said he went to vote at Wilmore Elementary Tuesday morning. At 6:10 a.m., there was nowhere to park and the line of voters wrapped around the building four times, he said.

“It took an hour to get through the line,” Rainwater said.

Still, Rainwater said he liked how the election went this time with early voting and expanded absentee voting.

“I like what they’ve done,” he said. “There’s no excuse not to vote.”

The results include all six voting locations, absentee, walk-in and mail-in ballots.

PRESIDENT 

— Donald Trump/Mike Pence: 17003

— Joe Biden/Kamala Harris: 8406

— Jo Jorgensen/Jeremy Cohen: 428

— Kanye West/Michelle Tidball: 88

— Brock Pierce/Karla Ballard: 49

U.S. SENATOR 

— Mitch McConnell: 16398

— Amy McGrath: 8681

— Brad Barron: 961

U.S. REP. D2 

— Brett Guthrie: 5482

— Hank Linderman: 1829

— Lewis Carter: 53

— Robert Perry: 195

U.S. REP. D6 

— Andy Barr: 12510

— Josh Hicks: 5555

— Frank Harris: 280

STATE REP. D39 

— Matt Lockett: 11662

— Carolyn Dupont: 6689

STATE REP. D55 

— Kim King: 5904

S&W CONSERVATION 

— Douglas Marshall: 11821 

— Douglas Teater: 13263

SCHOOL BOARD D1

— Robert Welch: 2617

SCHOOL BOARD D2 

— Amy Day: 3275

SCHOOL BOARD D3

— Debra Hood: 3172

NICHOLASVILLE COMMISSION 

— Patty Teater: 5417

— Alex Carter: 4717

— Bethany Davis Brown: 4669

— Betty Black: 4457

— Dexter Knight: 4353

— Andy Williams: 3520

— JR Allen: 3231

— Michael Garrett: 2961

WILMORE COUNCIL 

— Leonard Fitch: 1643

— Andy Bathje: 1473

— Kim Deyer: 1464

— Jim Brumfeld: 1419

— Jeff Baier: 1252

— David Riel: 1247

— Brett Gillispie: 1159

AMENDMENT 1 (MARSY’S LAW)

— Yes: 14618

— No: 8363

AMENDMENT 2 (JUSTICE TERMS) 

— Yes: 7321

— No: 15900

QUESTION: Should Jessamine County allow alcohol?

— Yes: 17778

— No: 6932

About Fred Petke

Fred Petke is a reporter for The Winchester Sun. His beats include cops, courts, fire, public records, city and county government and other news. To contact Fred, email fred.petke@winchestersun.com or call 859-759-0051.

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