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Westrick wins Carroll judge-executive primary
, Courier Staff Writer
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 11:00 AM
A GOOD DAY FOR WESTRICK: Bobby Lee Westrick, right, jokes with Bobby Snow on the Carroll County Courthouse steps Tuesday as election results came in. Westrick won the Democratic primary for the county judge-executive seat. Voter turnout in Carroll County was 41.3 percent. (Staff photo by Ken Ritchiefirstname.lastname@example.org)
A retired small-business owner said he hopes to bring his business sense and fresh ideas to Carroll County's judge-executive seat while also carrying on the legacy of his father who held the office years ago.
Bobby Lee Westrick, 64, won the Democratic Party nomination for the county judge-executive race in Tuesday's Kentucky primary election.
He received 1,004 votes - or 35 percent of the votes cast. Westrick defeated four opponents and is expected to win the November election as there are no Republican candidates for the office. Only write-in candidates can file for the elected seats after the primary.
Democratic challenger Dean Miller received 923 votes with candidate Clay Cable receiving 570 votes. Candidate Kathy Goff had 274 votes with candidate Jesse Saggus receiving 79 votes during the primary election.
Current Carroll County Judge-Executive Harold "Shorty" Tomlinson chose not to seek another term in office.
Westrick thanked the other judge-executive candidates for clean campaigning. He also thanked all of his family, friends and supporters who went to the polls and showed support for his campaign.
"I think it's been a good, honest election," Westrick said.
"We've got a long, hard road ahead," he said. "One person cannot do it all."
Although most of the county judge-executive candidates identified several of the same issues in the county leading up to the election, Westrick believes voters cast their votes based on the ideas that candidates presented to help address the problems.
Westrick looks forward to working with Fiscal Court members during the upcoming term in office to solve some of the county's problems that he identified during his campaign, he said, including drug issues in the county, working toward the new Jefferson Community & Technical College campus, improving the county park facility and working on the county's roads and bridges.
He also hopes to move the county forward as his father who served as the county's sheriff and county judge-executive did during more than 20 years in the elected office.
"He's left me a legacy - a bloodline - to build on," Westrick said.
While some of the Fiscal Court magistrate seats are expected to remain the same in 2015, one seat will have a new elected official come January. Another seat on the Fiscal Court will be decided in the November general election.
District 1 Democratic incumbent Floyd Bowling is expected to return to the Fiscal Court in 2015 after defeating two opponents for the party nomination. Bowling received 534 votes to candidate Clyde Rowlett's 241 votes and candidate Richard "Zeke" Carrico's 161 votes.
Bowling does not face a Republican opponent in the general election.
Kerry Graham won the nomination for the District 2 magistrate seat after defeating three other opponents. Graham received 334 votes to candidate Mike Gordon's 290 votes in the primary. Mitchell D. Perkins received 134 votes, and William P. Arvin received 103 votes Tuesday.
Miller, the District 2 incumbent, ran on the ballot as a candidate for county judge-executive.
District 3 Democratic incumbent Mark Bates won the primary election with 558 votes over Bobby Noble's 450 votes.
Bates will face Republican candidate Ever D. (D.J.) Carroll in the general election later this year.
PHOTOS: CARROLL COUNTY PRIMARY
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