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Eight candidates eliminated in Tuesday voting
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There wasn’t much excitement surrounding Tuesday’s Democratic and Republican primaries.

Only 26.2 percent of active Warren County voters cast ballots in the election, leading election administrator Donna Smith to call the turnout “disappointing.”

When the dust settled, eight candidates were eliminated from the General Election, all Democrats. No candidates were eliminated in the Republican Primary.
Candidates eliminated include four for Warren County Commission, one for Sheriff, two for Circuit Court Clerk, and one for Register of Deeds.

It leaves a crowded field for the General Election on Thursday, Aug. 2, with six candidates still in the running for Sheriff and four in the mix for County Executive.

There are still 46 candidates vying for 24 seats on the Warren County Commission. The top two vote-getters are elected in each of the county’s 12 districts.

With the defeat of incumbent Register of Deeds Terry Smith on Tuesday and the retirement of County Executive Herschel Wells, Sheriff Jackie Matheny, and Circuit Court Clerk Bernie Morris, there will be four new people elected to hold countywide office in August.

Wes Williams defeated Smith in the Democratic Primary. He will face independents Tim Grandey and Danny Cummings in August.

Road Superintendent Levie Glenn and County Court Clerk Lesa Scott will get to spend this summer away from the campaign trail as they will both be re-elected without opposition.

Two County Commission districts have already been determined.

In the 6th District, Phillip Stout and Deborah Evans were the only two to qualify so they are elected without opposition.

In the 7th District, Tommy Savage and Gary C. Martin both won Tuesday in the Democratic Primary. With no other candidates in the General Election, that race is finalized.

After much confusion from voters about Tuesday’s primaries, that confusion is sure to extend to August where it will be the General Election for county offices, but the primary elections for state and federal offices.

Candidates on the county level who win in August will take office Sept. 1. However, state and federal candidates who win their primaries in August still must win in their General Election on Tuesday, Nov. 6, to take office.