, Corbin, KY


May 21, 2014

Pat White Jr. keeps Whitley Judge/Exec seat

CORBIN — By John L. Ross / Staff Writer

Incumbent candidate for Whitley County Judge/Executive Pat White Jr. got to keep his seat Tuesday after the primary election results were tallied — but he will be faced with a new fiscal court next term.

White faced challenger Jamie Fuson, current 3rd District magistrate for the county.

“I am humbled by the honor to continue to serve Whitley County as Judge/Executive,” White said late Tuesday. “I appreciate all of those (who) got out and voted for me (Tuesday) — (and) will do my best to serve this whole county.”

He said he “truly feels blessed” with his election win. “The employees of the Fiscal Court work very hard to improve the quality of life for our citizens,” White said. “I think the voters of the county affirmed all of the work that we have done together the last few years.”

White snared slightly more than 55 percent of the 8,045 official votes cast in this race — with 4,426 votes.

Fuson garnered nearly 45 percent of the vote, or 3,619 ballots cast for him — and said he was thankful for the community support.

“I want to thank all my strong supporters,” Fuson said after the last precinct reported Tuesday. “I ran four years ago for the county magistrate’s seat to help my district (because) I wasn’t happy with the politics.”

He added that he “was not part of any clique or any organization” and that he “had clear plans for Whitley County.” He hopes White “won’t ignore the plans I’ve offered,” citing 45 percent of the vote was in his favor.

Fuson thanked his wife for standing by him during this process.

“It’s an honor to serve Whitley County,” Fuson added. “I came into the 3rd District magistrate position fighting hard for the county, and I will fight just as hard for the remainder of my term.”

All four magistrate seats were also up for grabs during Tuesday’s primary — and three of the four seats will see new faces.

First District Magistrate incumbent candidate Roger Wells lost his seat to challenger Scotty Harrison. Harrison snagged the win with 54.5 percent of the vote, or 1,127 ballots cast for him. Wells garnered 45.4 percent, or 940 votes cast for him. Total official votes for this race were 2,067.

Another new face will take over the 2nd District magistrate seat — Lon “Chuck” Head clinched the win with 38.3 percent of the vote, or 577 ballots cast for him. James D. Blankenship took second in that race, snagging slightly more than 24 percent of the vote, or 362 ballots cast for him. Lori Miller was third in this race, taking in 12.6 percent of the vote, or 190 ballots cast for her. Kennith Miller was the next highest vote-getter, garnering 173 votes, or 11.5 percent. Roy Cornelius came in next, snaring 136 votes, or slightly more than 9 percent of ballots cast in that race. James Michael Petrey brought in 67 votes, or nearly 4.5 percent of the votes cast. Total official votes in this race were 1,505.

The 3rd District magistrate seat will also see a new face — Michael Jarboe squeaked out a Republican primary win with 27.1 percent of the votes, or 597 ballots cast for him.

That means in November he will run against the Democratic contender, Johnny Lawson, 57, of Williamsburg.

Truman Lawson was a close second, snaring 549 votes, or nearly 25 percent of the ballots cast. Ted Barrineau came in third in this race, snagging 314 votes, or 14.2 percent of the ballots cast in this race. Jerry Leach took the fourth spot in this race, garnering 11.3 percent of the votes, or 250 ballots cast for him. Mike Faulkner brought in 9.8 percent of the vote, or 216 ballots cast in his favor. A.J. Barton was the next highest vote-getter, with 126 votes, or 5.7 percent of the ballots cast. Michael Fuston and Matthew Taylor each snagged 3.3 percent of the vote, each getting 73 votes cast for them.

Total official votes in this race were 2,198.

The 4th District magistrate seat was kept by incumbent Robbie Brown, who snagged just under 34 percent of the total votes cast. He received 744 votes.

Second and third place was snared by Raleigh Meadors and Mark Brock, respectively. Meadors garnered 25.2 percent of the votes, or 553 ballots cast for him. Brock snagged 24.5 percent of the votes, or 537 ballots cast in his favor. Terry Huddleston was the next highest vote-getter, bringing in 12.3 percent of the vote, or 271 ballots cast for him. Raymond J. Campbell garnered 3.8 percent of the vote, or 84 ballots cast for him. Total official votes in this race were 2,189.


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