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Webber rides GOP wave over Belcher

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 SHEPHERDSVILLE - In what has been the most costly race for state representative, incumbent Linda Belcher could not overcome an aggressive attack linking her with President Barack Obama and with votes she made in Frankfort.

After several unsuccessful campaigns for office, Republican Russell Webber was able to celebrate with family, friends and supporters Tuesday night.

"It's exciting," said Webber. "It's a great night."

Webber said that his message had been consistent - his opponent was not only tied in with the liberal policies of President Obama but she had also voted on things such as new taxes and higher fees.

He said that Belcher was not a conservative as she stated in her campaign material and that the people understood that.

Webber collected 11,329 votes and Belcher had 10,124.

As the next representative, Webber said he would be active and he would work hard in Frankfort for projects that were in the best interest of the people.

However, he said there would be tough decisions to make in terms of financial issues and that he was ready to make those choices.

He agreed that it was a good time to be a Republican in a community that was opposed to what was happening in Frankfort and in Washington.

He plans to work with the Legislative Research Committee to get ready to take office in January.

"I will be an active voice for this community," said Webber.

For Belcher, it was a disappointing night.

She was disappointed that she thought people in the community could see she had worked very hard for the county and brought a lot of money back to the district.

Belcher said she thought people could see past the lies and negative campaigning conducted by her opponent.

At a time in which her seniority in Frankfort was allowing her to play key roles in things like redistricting and education, Belcher said she hoped the community would not suffer.

She was proud of the work which has been done and the spirit of cooperation that was forming in the district.

Belcher said she hoped Webber would continue on the many good projects, such as finding funding for the community college and getting a strategic plan adopted and promoted by local leaders.

In the end, though, Belcher said she was disappointed that her faith, her credibility, her job performance and her integrity had been called into question.

"The only thing I have done is try to make Bullitt County a better place," said Belcher.

In another hotly contested race involving a small part of eastern Bullitt County, incumbent David Floyd defeated former Bardstown mayor Dick Heaton in the 50th District.

The two men argued over the validity and legality of advertisements run in Nelson County.

In the Bullitt County precinct, Floyd collected 1,526 votes while Heaton had 933. He continued that with a victory in the Nelson County precincts.

In another House race which involved the western portion of the county, incumbent Jeff Greer also had to overcome radio advertising pinning him with the Obama administration.

Greer won in Meade and Hardin counties by a large enough margin to overcome a 2,007-1,515 vote loss in Bullitt County.