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Various ways to take results of May primary

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Our Views

 Some casual observations about the recent occurrence we call the spring primary election:

*First - thanks to all those who stuck your necks, and pocketbooks, out to run for office.

It takes a major commitment of time and energy to run for any political office, no matter the size.

As you can see, candidates are not always popular.

Things will be said and allegations made.

That type of advertising is not reserved only for the state and national races.

Once again, thanks to all who ran for office.

*Second - those who said the Democratic Party in Bullitt County was dead may need to reconsider.

The nearly 11,000 voters last Tuesday was probably around 20 percent.

Not that I am a great predictor of anything, I thought the Democratic turnout might be 10-15 percent with the Republicans showing up at a clip of 15-20 percent.

Not having time to get the official count from county clerk Kevin Mooney, it looks like 5,274 Republicans voted in the U.S. Senate primary.

The largest Democratic turnout was in the jailer’s race, where 5,260 cast their ballots.

Considering the Democratic voter had few races to consider, the turnout was strong.

From the Republican side, which had two hotly contested local races and more countywide elections, it was a bit surprising the turnout was not higher.

It is a shame that 100 percent of those registered don’t get out to vote.

But, the turnout was probably a bit higher than I expected.

Can you read anything into the fact that Alison Grimes got more votes than Mitch McConnell? Absolutely not. The opposition was much different.

If you are McConnell and see that 42 percent of the people were favoring another Republican in the primary, that could be an area of concern.

*Third, some thought that Alex Wimsatt would give first term state Rep. Russell Webber a run for his money in the newly-crafted 26th District.

That did not happen.

Webber, who had run several times before winning two years ago, had name recognition and a track record of helping various individuals.

It also shows the power of incumbency.

No matter the outcome in the fall, Bullitt County should have two state representatives who live in this county and should be ready to fight for this county in Frankfort.

*The race for county attorney was definitely an interesting one.

And John Wooldridge must regroup and get ready for a Democratic challenge, Angie Etherton, in the fall.

With some of the social media postings before the election, I’m not sure there will be a meeting of the minds where all the Monica Robinson supporters will jump into Wooldridge’s corner.

Just don’t know how that plays out.

This was a race where a single topic - child support - seemed to strike a nerve with people.

As in several situations, numbers can be used in many ways. That’s the joy about numbers.

But, out in the community, that seemed to be something that stood out with people.

That race also shows that sometimes, being the incumbent isn’t the best thing.

You go from being the hunter to the hunted in a matter of a few years.

The important thing will come in six months when the transition period begins. We always hope, and expect it to be, a smooth transition, no matter who wins in the fall.

*While only one city had local elections in the primary, it was an interesting battle.

The mayor’s seat had both Republican and Democratic primaries - a first.

The Republicans had a primary for its party - with 11 seeking the six party nominations.

The four Democratic council candidates got to sit this one out and wait until the fall.

If you needed goggles to escape the flying materials in the county attorney’s race, you needed double goggles in the city of Shepherdsville.

Candidates were throwing numbers around left and right. 

They were prognosticating what some candidates would do if they were elected.

And some people were supporting candidates but wound up giving some proposals that their own candidate may not have been publicly endorsing.

It was a wild time in the city of Shepherdsville.

Unfortunately, when all was said and done, you only needed 321 votes out of all those registered voters to get the party nomination for council in the Republican Party.

It will be interesting to see what six will ultimately win in November and begin their service in January.

The mayor’s race will pit incumbent Scott Ellis and current councilmember Faith Portman.

That should also be a spirited, well-contested race.

*Kudos to the countywide race run by Democrats Martha Knox and Dan Patchin for jailer.

Both said going into the race that it would be clean and professional.

It lasted that way throughout the entire race.

The results, where Knox collected 73 percent of the vote against a very well respected police officer, are also interesting.

With the various issues Knox has faced - including the home incarceration program and the purchase of two vehicles from the commissary fund - one wondered if she might be vulnerable.

It appears just the opposite. She might be stronger than her first race four years ago.

And, that may have been a factor in some of the fiscal court races where those who have voiced the greatest concerns about the jail operation did not fare well on May 20.

However, her GOP opponent, Paul Watkins, ran within less than 60 votes of her four years ago.

Expect that one to be another close one.

*Percentage wise, Linda Belcher garnered the biggest number.

Running again for the newly-designed 49th District in the state House, Belcher collected 82 percent of the vote.

She will have Republican opposition from Mike Nemes in the fall.

Her district is the one currently being held by Webber, who is now technically in the 26th District.

*Did the switching of parties hurt Donnie Tinnell? Or did David Greenwell do such a good job that voters wanted him to remain sheriff?

Without exit interviews, who would know.

What is known is that Greenwell ran very, very strong in his re-election bid.

A final note to all candidates - thank you for getting up a vast majority of the campaign signs in a quick manner. It really does matter.