LANCASTER — Elections in Garrard County went off without any major issues Tuesday night, according to County Clerk Kevin Montgomery.
“One of our machines went down this morning,” Montgomery said, explaining that they resolved the problem pretty easily. Otherwise, the only major problem was “we ran out of stickers.”
One of the more closely watched races was between local farmer Jonathan Shell and Berea businessman Bradley “Bud” Montgomery, who were vying for the 36th District state representative seat. The spot currently is held by Rep. Lonnie Napier (R-Lancaster), who announced earlier this year that he would not seek re-election.
The 36th District includes Garrard and part of Madison County. According to early reports, Madison County polls were suffering with software problems, delaying the reporting of the results in that county.
However, according to the Kentucky State Board of Elections, Shell took 63.26 percent of the votes in the district, securing his place as the incoming representative.
Another closely watched race was for Lancaster City Council. There were 11 candidates for six seats on council.
Chris Davis led the race, raking in 870 votes. Davis said it is “an awesome feeling” to be re-elected to the council. He will be joined on the council by incumbents Brett Baierlein and Jesse Wagoner, and newcomers Randy Stathers, Jeff Adams and Ronny Baker.
“I’ve enjoyed representing the citizens of Lancaster. It’s an honor to do so,” Davis said. This will be his fourth term on the council. Davis was one of the youngest people to ever be elected to City Council; he was 24 years old at the time.
The incoming members, all of whom have experience on council, will have a big issue to deal with in the water plant, Davis said.
He has enjoyed working with the outgoing members. As for the new members, Davis encourages them to attend the meetings leading up to the time they take office to become more familiar with the issues facing the body.
No other candidates were present at the courthouse following the close of the election.
There were 7,160 votes cast in Garrard County, out of the 11,891 registered voters. The numbers were lower than Montgomery had expected; however, he said these were still good numbers, coming in at about 60 percent voting.
Garrard County vote totals
U.S. Representative, 2nd District: Republican, S. Brett Guthrie, 4,595; Democrat, David Lynn Williams, 1,714; Independent, Andrew R. Beacham; Libertarian, Craig R. Astor. All 21 counties: S. Brett Guthrie, 181,507; David Lynn Williams, 89,541; Andrew R. Beacham, 6,304; Craig R. Astor, 4,914.
State Representative, 36th District: Republican, Jonathan Shell, 5,353; Bradley “Bud” Montgomery, 1,650. Both counties: Jonathan Shell, 11,933; Bradley “Bud” Montgomery, 6,929.
Commonwealth’s Attorney, 13th Judicial Circuit: nonpartisan race, Thomas L. Lockridge, 3,876. Both counties: 17,284.
Circuit Clerk: nonpartisan race, Dana Lane Hensley, 5,778.
Member Board of Education, 1st District: nonpartisan, Greg Crutchfield, 454; Larry Woods, 790.
Member Board of Education, 2nd District: nonpartisan, J. Kirby Overman, 466; Susan R. Ledford, 458.
Member Board of Education, 3rd District: nonpartisan, Jerry Browning, 1,132.
City Council, City of Lancaster: nonpartisan, Alan C. Sanders II, 391; Chris Davis, 870; Brett Baierlein, 696; Randy Stathers, 619; Brandon C. McGlone, 422; Jesse Wagoner, 688; Ronny G. Baker, 521; Bradley Hall, 150; Mike Sutton, 478; Gale Eden, 364; Jeff Adams, 587.
Constitutional amendment: yes, 5,466; no, 666.