SHEPHERDSVILLE - The past year has been a busy one for Paulita Keith.
Once she decided to run for the office of Bullitt Circuit Clerk, the past 11 months have been planned to perfection.
On Tuesday night, there was finally a moment to relax as the certified public accountant, whose mother served as property valuation administrator, defeated incumbent Layne Abell.
Keith collected 17,475 votes while Abell had 13,460, about a 4,000-vote advantage.
"I'm very excited," said Keith. "The people did this."
In talking to people in every part of the county, Keith said she was always encouraged by their support and enthusiasm.
She said it is exciting to have the opportunity to serve the people of the county.
With her accounting background, she is already planning on things she wishes to accomplish in the office.
One of her first goals is to meet with elected officials who must deal with the court system to see what improvements need to be made.
She hopes that the staff is willing to work with her as she looks forward to serving the next six years.
When she woke up on election day, Keith said there were no regrets. She had done everything she planned to do in the campaign and felt comfortable with whatever the outcome may be.
At the same time, she said it was a good day to be a Republican as straight ticket voters again provided a strong margin for those candidates under the GOP banner.
In the race for completing the final two years of a vacated term on Bullitt Fiscal Court, Robert Hunt proved that the third time is a charm.
The Republican defeated local banker Rick Clements. Hunt had 5,455 votes to 4,227 for Clements.
The winner would fill the final two years of the seat vacated by Dan Kelty as the Second District magistrate. Kelty resigned to become a police officer for the city of Mount Washington.
Clements was appointed by Gov. Steve Beshear earlier this year to fill the seat until the November election.
Hunt said that he has proven that he wanted the position and now he will have that opportunity to serve the people of the Second District and Bullitt County.
"I will represent the people well," said Hunt.
This election, Hunt said he worked very hard and he had a lot of good supporters. He also said it was a good time to be a member of the Republican Party.
No matter the issue, Hunt said he would do what was best for the people of the county. He didn't think there would be any problem working with any member of fiscal court as long as they had the best interest of the people at heart.