Laurel Countians went to the polls Tuesday, Primary Election Day, and made their voices heard. The upset of the night came in the County Clerk’s race. Tony Brown defeated Dean Johnson, who had held that office for 33 years. Unofficial totals show Tony Brown had 53% of the vote to Dean Johnson’s 46%. John Root fought back a challenge by his cousin, Millard Root, for the Sheriff’s Office. John Root won 68% of the vote. Joyce Garland Parker remains the PVA after winning 66% of the vote over challenger Christina McCreary. In other county races, In District 1, John Crawford takes over as Magistrate and Joseph Smith won for Constable. In District 2, Danny Smith retained his seat as Magistrate and Steve Cornn won for Constable. In District 3, Rufas Fields won for Magistrate and Jimmy Lewis won for Constable. In District 4, Jeff Book keeps his Magistrate’s seat and Travis Gregory won for Constable. In the 5th District, Billy Oakley fought off challenges by Kip Jervis and Oscar “Big O” Miller to retain his Magistrate seat and Ryan Proffitt won for Constable. In District 6 there was no Magistrate race, but David Griffith won for Constable. Again those are from unofficial totals. The London city races will be decided in November. Debra Hembree Lambert won for Supreme Court Justice. For U.S. Representative in Congress, Hal Rogers won for the Republicans and Kenneth Stepp for the Democrats. In the State Representative races relating to our region, Regina Bunch Huff won in the 82nd, Jim Stewart won in the 86th, Robert Goforth won the 89th and Derek Lewis in the 90th.
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