Wet-dry vote, city commissioners also drive Jessamine turnout

JESSAMINE COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – Just about everyone knows about the Presidential race, U.S. Senate race and the Congressional races in Kentucky.

It’s hard to turn on the TV or radio without hearing commercials or news coverage.

But some counties have local races that also are at least as important and and that means they are generating voter turnout.

In Jessamine County, Nicholasville is electing city commissioners and voters are deciding whether to allow alcohol sales in the county.

“The City Commission races are generating a lot of interest and Make Jessamine Wet has brought some people out,” said County Clerk Johnny Collier.

In addition to the wet-dry issue, voters will elect four city commissioners in at-large voting. Three incumbents are among eight names on the ballot after one didn’t seek another term and voters narrowed the field from 12 to eight in the June primary.

Commissioners run at-large in non-partisan races. Voters cast ballots for four candidates in the 12-person field, which included three of the four incumbents.
Only incumbent Doug Blackford didn’t run again.
In June, incumbents Alex Carter, with 2,966 votes, and Patty Grose Teater, with 2,773 votes, led the voting. Bethany Davis Brown got 2,702 votes, Dexter Knight got 2,592, incumbent Betty Black received 2,459, Andy Williams got 1,825, J.R. Allen got 1,711 and Michael Garrett took the eighth spot with 1,422 votes, edging David Kibler, who received 1,326.
Gregory Bohett got 1,037 votes, Michael Harness 837 and Clint Sullivan 587, according to results reported t the Kentucky Secretary of State’s office.
Nicholasville commissioners serve two-year terms while the mayor, Pete Sutherland, serves a four-year term. He will be up for election in 2022.
In the other city in the county, Wilmore, council members will be on the November ballot.


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