Former fighter pilot Amy McGrath surged to victory over Lexington Mayor Jim Gray Tuesday in the Democratic primary for Kentucky's 6th Congressional District, setting up a November battle with Republican U.S. Rep. Andy Barr.
Rockcastle County High School math teacher R. Travis Brenda narrowly defeated House Majority Floor Leader Jonathan Shell of Garrard County in one of the most-watched races for the state House. Brenda tried in the Republican primary election for the 71st House District seat to capitalize on teacher anger against legislators who backed a controversial pension bill in this year's law-making session. It was Brenda's first bid for public office.
David Ermold, the man who hoped to unseat Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, who denied him a marriage license in 2015, lost the Democratic Primary to Elwood Caudill, Jr., a 20-year veteran of the county PVA office.
Primary election results for Kentucky U.S. House of Representatives seats, including Lexington and Central Kentucky District 6 with Amy McGrath, Jim Gray and Reggie Thomas. The totals are from Tuesday, May 22, 2018.
A high school math teacher unseated the House majority floor leader in one primary election Tuesday. Six other teachers also won primaries. With 32 educators on the legislative ballot in November — most of them Democrats — GOP leaders and Gov. Matt Bevin may come to regret pension changes and insults to educators.
Growth and development have long been Lexington's biggest political issues. Voters sent a clear message in the mayoral primary when Kevin Stinnett, the favored candidate of developers, finished fourth.
Lexington mayoral candidate Linda Gorton was the top vote-getter in Tuesday’s primary. Gorton told supporters who celebrated with her at the Blue Grass Trust for Historic Preservation that she was surprised by the outcome.