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Adkins, Massie dominate primary

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Shelby’s totals mirror statewide percentages

By Lisa King

The 4th District congressional races in Shelby County closely resembled the statewide results in the 2012 Primary Election.

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Republican voters in Shelby County widely preferred Lewis County Judge-Executive Thomas Massie, who garnered 50 percent of the vote in the county and approximately 46 percent statewide.

And among Democrats, Williamstown attorney Bill Adkins had a landslide victory over Greg Frank of Corinth. Adkins garnered 71 percent of the vote in Shelby and 70 percent statewide to Frank’s 31 percent in Shelby County and 29 percent statewide.

Massie, a Tea Party candidate, far outpaced Alecia Webb-Edgington, state rep in the 63rd district since 2007. She earned 19 percent of the vote and 24.5 statewide.

Among the other five Republicans, Walter Schumm, a Crestwood businessman who has family in Shelby County, finished third place in Shelby County with 13 percent but was in fourth place statewide with 9.97 percent of the vote.

Gary Moore, Boone County’s judge-executive for 14 years, was less popular in Shelby County, with 13 percent of the vote, but he was at about 15 percent statewide.

Marc Carey (1.54 percent), Brian Oerther of Oldham County (1.22) and Tom Wurtz (.98) completed the voting in Shelby County, which had a turnout of 19 percent, much better than expected.

Shelby is moving to District 4 from District 2 with reapportionment, and nine candidates clogged the field to replace 4-term Republican Geoff Davis, who decided not to seek another two years.

Several candidates came to Shelby County within the past week, and a poll commissioned by Massie had shown him as having a solid lead among the Republicans.

Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger, a Republican who endorsed Moore, said he had had a feeling the vote was going to go that way.

“I kind of figured that vote was going to come down between them; I just didn’t know what order they were going to be in,” he said. “It was really hard to determine with the lack of interest in the election coming up with not much on the ballot.”

Moore, who had campaigned quite a bit in Shelby County near the end of his campaign, conceded the race at 8:30 p.m.

“It was an honor to represent a conservative message in this election,” he said Tuesday. “I will always be honored to have the sole endorsement of Kentucky Right to Life, Congressman Ron Lewis, Shelby County Judge Rob Rothenburger and thousands of voters within the district.”

Moore said he wished the Republican Party well in the fall.

Massie, who has been judge-executive since 2010, has a background as an engineer, inventor and farmer and lives on a cattle farm with his wife, Rhonda and their four children. 

Adkins, who has been practicing law in Grant County since 1999, expressed gratitude to voters, both statewide and locally.

“I’m just gratified and humbled at the same time,” he said. “I have to say I had some great supporters and great supporters in Shelby County. They were very enthusiastic there, and I can’t tell you how grateful I am and how I hope to fulfill their hopes and their faith in me.”

Frank, who has not sought public office before, has a background in the military medical field.