Meredith to challenge Sims for state rep in November

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Brownsville resident dominates his home county in primary

By Linda Ireland

A 25-year-old bank marketing officer is the Republican candidate for the 19th District State Representative race.

In the May 18 primary, Michael Lee Meredith of Brownsville took 88 percent of the vote in his home county, Edmonson, and 65 percent of the Hart County vote to defeat LaRue County businessman Craig Astor.

Astor won his home county with 55 percent of the vote.

Total votes were Meredith, 3,017; Astor, 958.

Meredith will challenge Democratic incumbent Dottie Sims of Horse Cave for the seat in November.

Meredith said he is “truly humbled by the overwhelming support that I received. I would also like to thank Craig Astor for running a clean campaign that focused on the issues – the experience was truly a pleasure.

“I look forward to continuing to share our message of conservative values and common sense leadership throughout the fall and working again to earn the votes of the people of the 19th District.”

U.S. Senate

In the U.S. Senate race, Republican Rand Paul won 58 percent of the Kentucky vote with Trey Greyson taking 35 percent of the vote.

Paul will face Democrat Jack Conway who narrowly defeated Daniel Mongiardo for the nomination.

19th District includes LaRue, Hart and Edmonson Counties



Astor – 430 votes

Meredith – 350


Astor – 290

Meredith – 2,215


Astor – 238

Meredith – 452