Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)

November 6, 2012

Election draws huge turnout

From staff reports

Nov. 6, 2012 — Carter County voters apparently turned out in record numbers Tuesday to cast ballots in a number of races.

As predicted, Republicans Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan carried the normally Democratic county by a 5,729 to 3,383 margin.


U. S. Rep. Hal Rogers picked up substantial support in his first appearance before Carter

County voters, defeating Kenneth Stepp, 4,844 to 3,557, in the 5th Congressional District.


County voters also chose Republican Thomas Massie of Lewis County for the two-month interim seat in the 4th Congressional District. He defeated Bill Adkins by a margin of 3,970 to 3,968. Independent candidate David Lewis received 420 votes.


County Clerk Mike Johnston said voting was heavy but relatively uneventful throughout the 12-hour balloting. He calculated the turnout at 50 percent.


“We had a few machine problems but nothing of any real consequence,” he said.


Running unopposed in the general election were State Rep. Jill York, Circuit Clerk Larry Thompson and Brandon Ison, who won the May primary for commonwealth’s attorney.


Two candidates were unopposed for seats on the school board, including incumbent David Jessie in District 3 and newcomer Keila Rogers Bender in District 1.


Incumbent Chris Patrick turned back a challenge by Jeremy Rodgers in District 4, winning 483 to 407.


Carter County supported incumbent Justice Will T. Scott in the Kentucky Supreme Court race over Janet Stumbo by a margin of 3,811 to 2,380.


In City Council races, Olive Hill elected a mix of incumbents and newcomers.


Winning the six seats in Olive Hill were newcomers Glenn Meade, Angela Johnson, and incumbents Allen A. Stapleton, Enoch Hicks, Kenny Fankell, and Jerry Callihan.


Keeping the six seats in Grayson were the incumbants Pearl Crum, Terry Stamper, Jack Harper, Pam Nash, Duane Suttles and Juanita Kennedy.


Voters overwhelmingly approved a constitutional amendment to guarantee their right to hunt and fish in Kentucky.