Jessamine County primary poll results

Published 12:59 pm Wednesday, June 24, 2020

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The absentee votes still have to be counted, but the results from Jessamine County’s four polling places were announced Wednesday by County Clerk Johnny Collier.

The nonpartisan contest for Nicholasville City Commission was the local race that attracted the most interest. Eight of the 12 candidates will advance to the runoff in the Nov. 3 general election, when voters will pick the top four.

Based on machine votes alone, the candidates finished as follows:

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Alex Carter, 641

Bethany Brown 571

Patty Teater 549

Betty Black 546

Dexter Knight 529

JR Allen 440

Andy Williams 410

Mikey Garrett 325

David Kibler 307

Michael Harness 225

Greg Bohnett 215

Clint Sullivan 163

State representative

Republican County Chairman Matt Lockett had a commanding lead over  RJ Corman Railroad Group CEO Jay Corman in the contest for the Republican nomination for state representative to fill the 39th District seat being vacated by Democrat Russ Meyer. Lockett had 895 votes to Corman’s 516, but absentees remain to be counted.

Whoever wins that primary race will face Democrat Carolyn Dupont, who was unopposed for her party’s nomination.

Congress and president

State Rep. Charles Booker, D-Louisville, carried Jessamine County in the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate Tuesday, getting 359 votes compared to 198 for retired Marine Lt. Col. Amy McGrath.

Lawyer and former police officer Josh Hicks carried Jessamine with 354 votes compared to 257 for his only Democratic opponent, Daniel Kemph, in the Democratic primary for the 6th District U.S. House race.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Congressman Andy Barr had no serious opposition in the Republican primary races for U.S. Senate and House.

And Republican President Donald Trump and Democratic former Vice President Joe Biden easily won Jessamine County in their parties’ primaries, although the two had secured enough electoral votes to be nominated before Kentucky’s primary election June 23.

Turnout light

Collier said that only 3,161 voters went to the polls on Tuesday. Some 12,000 more requested mail-in absentee ballots, and a few hundred voted by absentee machine at the Jessamine County Clerk’s Office.

Mail-in ballots had to be postmarked Tuesday and must be received by June 27. Election officials must have them counted by June 30, and the results of all the vote totals, including absentees, will be announced at the Fiscal Court’s meeting room in the Jessamine County Courthouse at noon Monday.

About Randy Patrick

Randy Patrick is a reporter for Bluegrass Newsmedia, which includes The Jessamine Journal. He may be reached at 859-759-0015 or by email at

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