Most of Letcher County’s current officeholders moved a step closer to another four-year term after Tuesday’s primary election.
In one of the most closely watched races, incumbent Property Valuation Administrator Randy Hall defeated Randy Blair by a margin of 792 votes.
Blair got 1,633 votes in his second attempt to unseat Hall, while Hall received 2,425 votes. Hall will continue as PVA for four more years as he has no opposition in the November General Election.
Sheriff Danny Webb easily won the Democratic nomination over challengers Randall Adams, Jon Hall and Ellis Keyes. Webb, who received 2,988 votes compared to 941 votes for Adams, 122 votes for Hall and 51 votes for Keyes, will next face Republican Roland Craft in the November General Election. Craft defeated D.L. Hammonds, 578 votes to 373 votes.
Another incumbent, Letcher County Clerk Winston Meade, handily defeated Stanley Holbrook, 3,516 votes to Holbrook’s 595 votes. Meade doesn’t have any opposition in the fall.
Incumbent Marty Baker received 811 votes to win the Republican nomination for Letcher County Coroner over Scott Helle, who received 377 votes. Baker will face Democrat challenger Renee Campbell in November.
Letcher County Attorney Jamie Hatton and Letcher County Jailer Don McCall were unopposed.
District One Magistrate Bobby Howard overcame strong opposition from opponents Roger Collins and Ken Sexton, Jr. Howard received 533 votes. Collins got 57 votes and Sexton received 321 votes. Howard will face Republican Randy Parsons in the fall election.
With 231 votes, Kenneth Anderson won the Democrat nomination for District Two Magistrate. Legina Adams got 79 votes, Richard Kincer 161 votes, and Sherry Sexton 184 votes. Anderson will run against incumbent Terry Adams, who won a close race against Republican candidate
James “Brad” Collie. Adams received 177 votes and Collie got 128 votes.
In a crowded race for the Democrat nomination for District Three Magistrate, Woody Holbrook was the pick by voters to unseat Codell Gibson. Holbrook got 236 votes to beat Randall Adams (57 votes), Danny Bentley (121 votes), Gibson (113 votes), Derek McCall (186 votes), Mikey Pack (138 votes), Bill “Cody” Rose (111 votes) and Michael Stamper (22 votes).
In a very close race, Dallas Adams won the Republican nod for District Three Magistrate and will square off against Holbrook in November. Adams received 75 votes. Bennett Adams got 70 votes and Leonard Tackett got 71 votes.
District Four Magistrate Keith Adams defeated Democratic challengers Junior Banks, Frank Hollon and Kenny Whitehead. Adams drew 396 votes compared to 329 votes for Whitehead, 319 votes for Banks, and 12 votes for Hollan. Adams will not face opposition in the fall.
Incumbent District Five Magistrate Wayne Fleming easily defeated his challenger for the Democrat Party nomination. Fleming got 412 votes while Richard “Neal” Yonts drew 155 votes. Fleming is unopposed in the fall election.
In the Democrat race for District One Constable, Chris Caudill got 502 votes to defeat Ernest Ison, who got 322 votes. Caudill will face Republican Jerry Collins in the General Election.
In the race for District Two Constable, John Amburgey unseated Gary Cook after receiving 333 votes to Cook’s 281 votes.
In the race for District Three Constable, Democrat Luther Tackett won over Sallie Mullins and Charles Polly. Tackett received 421 votes, Polly got 325 votes, Mullins got the nod from 128 voters.
By a two to one margin, longtime incumbent Harvey Campbell defeated Chris Sexton to remain constable in District Four. Campbell was supported by 671 voters. Sexton got 305 votes.
Roger “Hunky” Hall was unopposed in the constable race in District Five.
In an indication of how low the voter turnout was, U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes received the most votes, 1,865, during Tuesday’s election. Challenger Burrel Farnsley got 448 votes, while Gregory Leichty got 347 votes and Tom Recktenwald received 332 votes.
Incumbent Mitch McConnell was the top vote getter in the Republican race for U.S. Senate. Vote totals are 906 for McConnell, 285 for Matt Bevin, 27 for Chris Payne and 26 for Shawna Sterling, and 9 for Brad Copas,
With 1,677 votes, perennial candidate Kenneth Stepp defeated Billy Ray Wilson in the race for the Democratic nomination for the Fifth District U.S. House of Representatives. Wilson received 1,082 votes.
The unofficial totals also reflect a voter turnout in Letcher County of only 34 percent.