Eighth District State Representative John Tilley will serve a fourth term after winning by nearly five thousand votes in his areas of Christian and Trigg Counties.
Representative Tilley defeated challenger Max Sturdivant, Jr. 10,461-5,507 after a spirited campaign over the last several months.
Tilley says there are several issues lawmakers must get to work on next session in order to keep Kentucky headed in the right direction.
Sturdivant congratulated Tilley and said he hopes lawmakers will work together to solve the Commonwealth’s debt issues.
It will be the fourth term for Representative Tilley, who serves as House Judiciary Committee Chairman in Frankfort.
One of the most contentious races in Kentucky concluded with the incumbent winning another term.
Sixteenth District State Representative Martha Jane King defeated Republican challenger Chris Hightower in Todd and Logan Counties—winning by 1,282 votes.
Representative King said her priorities in her district haven’t changed and she’s focused on making the Todd Career Path Institute a reality.
Representative King won Todd County by 556 votes and Logan by 726 votes.
There was no surprise in the 15th District, where longtime incumbent State Representative Brent Yonts won another term.
The Democrat won by about 18-hundred votes overall, though he lost his three precincts in Christian County by a count of 923-712.
Representative Yonts says he looks forward to serving his ninth term in office and thanked his supporters.
Yonts won both Hopkins and Muhlenberg Counties on his way to victory.
Every incumbent Hopkinsville City Council member on the ballot was re-elected.
Those victories include a nearly one thousand vote margin win for incumbent Ann Cherry over Roger Richey, a landslide win for Charlie Henderson over Jason McCraw and a runaway victory for Philip Brooks over Derek Patterson.
Thomas Grant will serve on Hopkinsville City Council in Ward 1 after winning a three-way race and Buddy Oglesby defeated William Everett by over four thousand votes in Ward 6.
Incumbent Ward 10 Councilman Jimmy Dossett had more votes than challengers Larry Radford and Robert Criswell combined.
There will be two new Christian County School Board members next year.
Incumbent District 2 School Board member Betsy Glover fell 1,623-1,239 to Teresa Moss after serving two years in the seat.
Meanwhile, Sara Shepherd defeated Clayton Boyd 1,639-1,488 in District 1 to fill the seat left by Shelia Cottrell who chose not to run for another term.