• John McGary, Woodford Sun Staff

Magistrates Reed, Popp upset - McGrath, Wilhoit, Jones win primaries

Woodford County Magistrates Ken Reed (Dist. 4) and Linda Popp (Dist. 1) lost primary bids Tuesday night, while Amy McGrath beat Lexington Mayor Jim Gray in the Democratic primary for the 6th District Congressional District.

Woodford County incumbent Democrats Sheriff Johnny Wilhoit (66.6 percent in a three-way race) and County Clerk Sandy Jones (80.8 percent) scored big wins.

McGrath upset Lexington Mayor Jim Gray in the Democratic primary for the 6th Congressional District. She will face incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Andy Barr, who won easily.

Magistrate Ken Reed (Dist. 4) finished third in a Democratic primary won by deputy sheriff Kelly Carl, with Maria Bohanan finishing second.

Other Democratic primary winners included Liles Taylor, who beat Popp, Magistrate C.L. Watts (Dist. 2), who edged Gina Scott by five votes, and Magistrate Jackie Brown (Dist. 8), who easily defeated Thomas Moungey. On the Republican side, Matthew Merrill won big in the 3rd Magisterial District, as did Magistrate Duncan Gardiner (Dist. 6).

According to the state Board of Elections, turnout was 32.37 percent percent in Woodford County. Earlier in the day, Jones said the number of absentee votes cast was nearly on a par with the 2016 primary, which featured presidential candidates at the top of the ballot.

Unopposed candidates in November include Property Valuation Administrator Judy Bobbitt, Woodford Judge-Executive candidate James Kay, County Attorney Alan George and Coroner Ron Owens, Jr. Precinct by precinct totals for each race in Woodford County are on page 6.

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