Incumbent Victories, Close Margins Highlight Election Day Results

UNDATED (11/06/18) — Incumbents fared well in Tuesday’s mid-term elections in Breckinridge County, but with some close calls.

Judge-Executive Maurice Lucas, Jailer Tara Shrewsberry and Sheriff Todd Pate all won re-election bids, although Pate’s margin of victory was just 41 votes, prompting Republican opponent Billy Richardson to tell WXBC that he would seek a re-canvass/recount. 1st District Magistrate James Henning and 6th District squire Tim Milburn were also re-elected to the county’s fiscal court.

The Sheriff’s race wasn’t the only close call of the day: Republican William Harvey Blair defeated former Magistrate Shane Beavin for the 2nd district seat on the fiscal court by just 13 votes. Blair will be joined on the court by other newcomers David Albright (4th) and Carolyn Butler (5th). Incumbent Third District Magistrate Gary Greenwell was unopposed.

State Representative Dean Schamore will return to Frankfort for a third term, defeating Republican Josh Calloway by some 500 votes in the 10th District race. Incumbent Congressman Brett Guthrie carried the county handily en route to a victory over two opponents.

The two contested mayor’s race in the county went to the current office holders: Tammy Vessels secured enough write-in votes to return to the office in Cloverport, while Yvonne Kennedy was returned for a second term in Irvington, albeit by just 10 votes over second-place Ronnie Robinson. Hardinsburg Mayor Wayne Macy was unopposed.

In City Council races, the top six finishers in the Hardinsburg council race were Nettie Dean Parker, Ints Kampars, Susan Shelman, Ruth Ann Skillman, Morris Carman and Wilma Thomas. In Cloverport, Kevin Thurman received the most write-in to place sixth alongside the five listed candidates on the ballot- Danny Smiley, Gwan Bickett, Scott Harris, Leslie May and Hal Jennings. In Irvington, incumbents Becky Brown, Susie Pollard, Bruce Basham and Patricia Logsdon will be joined by newcomers Nancy Ditto and Olivia Ridenour.

Steven Crebessa will succeed Shan Embry on the District Court 2nd Division bench, handily defeating Zanda Myers in Tuesday’s vote. Republican Rick Hardin won the Commonwealth’s Attorney race by just over a thousand votes over Democrat Adam Cart.

In the contested Constable races in the county, Republicans Bill Seelye in the first district and Richie Smiley in the 6th won their races.

The following candidates on the ballot not previously mentioned were unopposed:
Cindy Rhodes (D)- Circuit Clerk
Dana Bland (D)- PVA
Bradley Butler (R)- County Attorney
Jared Butler (R)- County Clerk
Tim Bandy (D)- County Coroner
Adam Critchelow (D)- County Surveyor
Robert French (R)- 2nd District Constable
Frank Adkins (D)- 3rd District Constable
Wayne Beauchamp (R)- 4th District Constable
Anthony Whitfill (R)- 5th District Constable
Kenneth Harold Goff II (Non-Partisan)- District Judge, Division One
Vanessa Lucas- Breckinridge Co. School Board- 2nd District
Mark Biggs- Breckinridge Co. School Board- 4th District

Voter turnout for Breckinridge County was just under 52-percent, with just over 8,000 of the county’s 15-thousand registered voting on Tuesday.

For a complete listing of results in Tuesday’s contested races, including constable races and city council contests in Hardinsburg, Cloverport and Irvington, click HERE. For a list of results in races across Kentucky, click HERE.