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Jackson, Melvin beat challengers

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By Phyllis McLaughlin

The Trimble Banner

After a seemingly endless political season, Trimble County voters spoke Tuesday and the results are in.

In Trimble County’s main contested races, Denny Jackson prevailed over challenger Steve Brierly to retain the mayor’s office in Milton. Jackson received 143 votes to Brierly’s 54 votes.

Kerry Callis, a write-in on the Nov. 2 ballot, was unsuccessful against incumbent Kirby Melvin for District 2 magistrate. Callis, who lost the primary to incumbent Kirby Melvin in by a close margin of 25 votes. This time, however, Melvin took 397 votes to Callis’ 265 votes.

Jackson, who had served on the commission for more than a decade, was appointed mayor in October 2009 after the unexpected death of then-Mayor Donnie Oakley.

Also in Milton, with several write-in candidates vying for the four commissioner seats, incumbents still got their fair share of votes. Jerry Harmon and Gerald Owen both retained their seats with 131 and 92 votes, respectively. Newcomer Cecil Robak won a seat with 91 votes.

The fourth seat on the commission went to Tom Mahoney, who squeeked by Tammy Oakley, 53 to 51, respectively. Both were write-in candidates.

Brierly, who had served two terms as a commissioner gave up that seat to run for mayor; and Lori Jameson resigned her seat earlier this year.

In Bedford, unopposed incumbent Mayor Russell Clifton was re-elected, along with Commissioners Harold Greene, Darrell Harmon and Todd Pollock. Frank Floyd won the fourth seat, vacated by the retiring Glenford Alexander.

Joey Martin also retained his seat on the Board of Education, beating Ray Cooley 278 to 163. Randy Smith won the District 4 constable race.

In the state races, incumbents Rep. Rick Rand (D-47th) of Bedford and Sen. Ernie Harris (R-26th) of Crestwood both took the majority of Trimble votes yesterday.

Rand beat challenger T.K. Broecker 1,992 votes to 773; Harris also beat former Oldham County Judge-Executive John Black, 1,594 to 1,141.

And, in the hotly contested national race for Sen. Jim Bunning’s congressional seat, Trimble voters mirrored the rest of the state, giving Democrat Jack Conway 1,291 votes and his challenger, Tea Party candidate Rand Paul, 1,432 votes. Paul also took the state.

Finally, incumbent Republican Geoff Davis was Trimble’s favored candidate in the race for U.S. Representative in Kentucky’s 4th District. Davis took 1,655 votes in the county to John Waltz’s 1,011.

Final results for the state Legislature and U.S. congressional races were unavailable by press time.