LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – A Republican candidate for the 88th House District in Kentucky won twice on Tuesday, once in the political race and once in court.
Aaron Yates easily defeated his Republican opponent in the Primary Election, according to figures from the Kentucky Secretary of State’s Office:
-Aaron Yates 4,545 (76%)
-Monteia Mundy 1,466 (23%)
Mundy was arrested for DUI and pleaded guilty during the campaign, which Yates used against her in the heated race to represent a portion of Madison and Fayette counties.
But Yates had his own challenges in addition to his GOP opponent. Earlier this month, Lexington Realtor Alicia Huff, who lives in the 88th District, filed a lawsuit against Yates, claiming he should be disqualified from the race for not meeting residency requirements. A claim Yates denied.
On Tuesday, the same day he learned he had won the GOP nomination, a judge in Lexington dismissed the residency lawsuit against him, according to a report in the Lexington Herald-Leader. The attorney for Alicia Huff told the newspaper his client is “seriously considering” an appeal.
In the meantime, in November, Yates will face Democratic incumbent Cherlynn Stevenson, who was unopposed in the Primary.