There will be at least one new Hopkinsville City Council member beginning next year, albeit by the slimmest of margins.
The Ward 7 Hopkinsville City Council race was one of the closest in recent memory, as Buddy Oglesby was the top vote-getter with 85 votes. Incumbent Peggy Everett and former councilman Richard Covington tied for second place with 79 votes each.
Oglesby says he just met with and listened to voters.
In Ward 5, Hopkinsville City Councilman Charlie Henderson lived to fight another day by defeating primary opponent Joyce Rogers by a 146-86 margin and will face Republican Jason McCraw in November.
Henderson has served since 1996 and says he hopes to keep serving.
Both men thanked those who supported them and everyone who cast a ballot on a day when voter turnout was very low across the commonwealth. It was even lower than expected in Christian County, coming in around 6 percent.
Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney already knew he’d be the Republican nominee to face President Obama in the fall and he added Kentucky to his list of states carried.
Romney defeated second place finisher Ron Paul and third place Rick Santorum by large margins across Kentucky and in Christian County. Romney got 502 votes in Christian County, compared to 93 for Paul, 49 for Santorum, and 37 for New Gingrich. 43 Republicans were unsatisfied for any of those candidates and voted “uncommitted.”
Speaking of uncommitted, 936 registered Democrats in Christian County voted “uncommitted” in the presidential primary—out-numbering the 780 who showed their support for President Obama. Uncommitted also defeated the president in Todd and Trigg Counties.
In what has to be considered an upset, Marshall County Democrat Charles Hatchett won the nomination to face off with incumbent Congressman Ed Whitfield in the fall.
Hatchett, who campaigned with very little funding, defeated Henderson Doctor James Buckmaster by a wide margin across the district and in the southern Pennyrile.
Hatchett described his celebration as something similar to an Albert Pujols or Tim Tebow routine—saying he was pointing to the sky. Hatchett said he’d work to use good ideas from both sides of the isle if he was able to be elected.
It will be an even bigger mountain to climb in November, however, as Congressman Whitfield has been in office since 1995 and has rarely been significantly challenged in any election since.
In the only contested primary for the General Assembly in the southern Pennyrile, Logan County Republican Chris Hightower defeated Kent Wilson for the 16th District nomination.
The district includes Todd and Logan Counties and Hightower won by 53 votes overall and by only five in Todd County.
Hightower says he is different than many career politicians.
Hightower faces incumbent State Representative Martha Jane King in the November general election.