Photo: Walker Thomas
All of the area state representatives on the ballot won reelection and will be back in Frankfort in January.
Republican Ninth District State Representative Myron Dossett of Pembroke won by a wide margin over Democrat William Coleman in Christian and Hopkins Counties and says he looks forward to getting back to work on tax reform and other priorities.
Meanwhile, Republican Eighth District Representative Walker Thomas of Hopkinsville used a strong showing in Trigg County to win a second term over Democratic challenger Jeff Taylor and says he’s thankful for the opportunity to continue representing the area in Frankfort.
Republican Fourth District State Representative Lynn Bechler won in Christian, Caldwell, Crittenden and Livingston County and says he wants a state legislature that finds ways to encourage more high school students to pursue a trade instead of college that may come with student loan debt.
Sixteenth District Representative Jason Petrie of Elkton had no problem defeating write-in candidate Bob Nelson and Republican 15th District state Representative Melinda Prunty of Greenville won by about 1,100 votes over former representative Brent Yonts in Muhlenberg and Hopkins counties.
Republicans maintained control of the Kentucky House and Senate, with Democrats gaining two seats in the House according to the Courier Journal.
Republicans also had a good day in congressional races, with District 1 U.S. Representative Comer defeating Democrat Paul Walker by a wide margin and Andy Barr kept his congressional seat in the Lexington area by defeating Amy McGrath in a race that was looked upon closely by a national audience.