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ELECTION: DeVore wins mayor

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By Linda Ireland

Kenny DeVore, who was appointed mayor by Hodgenville City Council in May, will continue in that role for the next four years.

Voters selected DeVore with 336 votes in Tuesday’s General Election over longtime councilman James Phelps Jr. (244 votes) and newcomer Greg Harry (234 votes).

DeVore, who celebrated with his family after the results were announced, said he appreciated the cordial way his opponents conducted their campaigns.

“I’m grateful for the citizens putting faith in me, so that we continue to progress the next four years,” he said. “I appreciate everybody who got out and cast a vote, whether in the city, county, state or country.”

DeVore said city employees – the police, water, sewer, maintenance and clerks – had “really stepped it up” since he was appointed and he appreciated their hard work.

“I want to thank them for helping me get through these months,” he said. “The community – and my wife, Angela – also have been very supportive.”

City Council will welcome several new faces. Incumbent Woodie Handley received the most votes (607), followed by Bonni Clark (543), Larry Davis (539), Sharon Hornback (443), Mitchell Key (428) and Donald G. Costello (370).

Hornback, who was known by many in Hodgenville as the “Super Safe Lady” at the Dollar General Store (Hornback greeted customers with, “Have a super safe day.), said she was thankful to God for her first-ever election to public office.

“Bless everybody who voted for me from the bottom of my heart,” she said. “I will do my best.”

In the State Representative race, Alex LaRue, a Republican from Hodgenville, carried both LaRue and Green Counties, but lost Marion County – and the race – to incumbent Terry Mills, a Democrat from Lebanon.

Mills defeated LaRue by an unofficial total of 8,252 votes to 6,860.

“It’s been a rather brutal campaign, the toughest I’ve had. I’m elated that I came out ahead,” Mills said.

 “I’m very proud to be able to serve, and I promise to do the best I can,” he added.

Constable

In the constable races, Republican Mike Stillwell defeated incumbent Democrat Joe Allen, 541 to 516, in District 3. Write-in candidate Joe Sallee received 11 votes.

In District 4, Paul Massie, a Democrat, nudged Republican Nick Yount, 563 to 527.

Magistrate

In the District 3 Magistrate race, Democrat Ronald Dale Nunn held off challenges by two write-in candidates. Nunn had 562 votes, while Johnny Riggs had 127, and Keith Blair had 85.