November general election races set

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Graves, Royalty will race for county judge; Marrinan, Howard face off for count clerk

By Jeff Moreland


The votes have been counted and the November general election is officially set after 3,679 voters went to the polls for a total turnout of 41.5 percent in Washington County’s primary election Tuesday.

In the race for Washington County Judge/Executive, Tim Graves and Tony Royalty will meet up on the November ballot.

Graves won the Democratic primary, while Royalty was the top vote getter in the Republican race. The two will be seeking to fill the seat vacated by John Settles, who held the office for five terms before deciding to not seek re-election.

Washington County will also have a new county clerk. With the retirement of Glenn Black, who has served as clerk since 2003, the seat will be decided in a fall race between Teresa Marrinan, who was the winner in the Democratic primary, and Republican Coy Howard.

Washington County Jailer Joe Mudd, the Republican incumbent, had no primary election opponent. He will face Michael Smith, the winner of the Democratic primary, in November.

Mudd was appointed as jailer following the retirement of longtime jailer Steve Hardin, who left the office last August after serving five terms.

Washington County Sheriff Jerry Pinkston, a Democrat, won the primary and will face Republican challenger Joe Carpenter in the fall. Carpenter had no primary as the only member of his party seeking the office.

There will be several new people serving as magistrates, as three of the county’s six magistrates decided to not seek re-election.

In District 1, incumbent Republican Terry Tingle won the primary and will face Democrat Karen Wheatley Mudd in the general election. Mudd had no Democratic opponent in the primary.

District 2 Democratic incumbent Benjamin Settles won his primary race and will meet Republican challenger Steve Devine in the general election. Devine had no primary election opponent.

In District 3, Mark Wilkerson will advance to the general election after a narrow win in the primary by 13 votes, 157 to 144, over Chad Warner. Wilkerson will face Republican Bobby L. Russell, who had no primary opponent. The two will battle for the seat vacated by Hal B. Goode, who served for 25 years before deciding to not seek re-election.

In District 4 challenger Stan “Kenny” Hardin defeated incumbent Johnny Coyle by just 8 votes, 78-70. Hardin will face Democrat Sue Blair, who defeated Larry Vaughn Carney by a count of 221-165 in the primary.

In District 5, John Graves was the Democratic winner from a field of eight candidates. He was the top vote getter with 128 votes. His next closest opponent was Shawn Mattingly with 94 votes. Graves has no opponent in the general election.

In District 6, Democrat Phillip Carrico will face Republican Paul Lewis in the fall.

In the four-county race for district judge, Jude Hagan of Lebanon and Mike Hall Jr. of Campbellsville advance to the general election, collecting 4,732 votes and 4,562 votes respectively.