That previous term, which began almost 70 years ago, was filled by former Trigg County High School Principal and Superintendent Roy McDonald.
The next one will be filled by county native and current Judge Executive Stan Humphries, who earned 75 percent of the county vote and 59.3 percent of the total vote in the 1st District, defeating Democrat Carroll Hubbard.
“It’s not about parties, necessarily,” said Humphries. “I think it’s about your values and your core beliefs and what you want to try and get done.”
Humphries, who will replace the retiring Ken Winters (R), said Winters told him that campaigning would be tough, especially since Hubbard, a former U.S. Representative, had campaigned before. Humphries said he doesn’t know who Gov. Steve Beshear will select to fill the remainder of his term as judge executive, but he advised that it’s not an easy job, and whoever takes it will have be strong in their beliefs.
Ed Whitfield (R) has served as the U.S. Representative of Kentucky’s 1st congressional district since 1995 and was re-elected Tuesday, earning 73.4 percent of the vote in Trigg County and at press time had 69.9 percent of the vote in the district, which covers much of western Kentucky. Whitfield defeated Charles Hatchett (D).
In races for state representative, Trigg backed the winner in both the 5th and 8th districts.
Kenny Imes (R) earned 64 percent of the Trigg County vote and 56 percent in the 5th District (which includes Calloway County), defeating Hal Kemp (D). Imes fills the seat previously held by Melvin Henley (D), who did not run for re-election.
In the 8th District, John Tilley (D) was re-elected, earning 60.7 percent of Trigg’s vote and, at press time, was the projected winner with Christian County votes still to be announced. Tilley defeated Republican challenger Max Sturdivant, Jr.
Trigg’s only contested county race was for Circuit Clerk, and incumbent Pam Perry (D) was re-elected, defeating Democrat challenger and current Magistrate Jon Goodwin 69.3 percent to 30.7 percent.
Perry, who completed the unexpired term of Patricia Wallace and was then elected to her first full term in 2006, said she counted having opposition from Goodwin as a positive and was thankful to her family and supporters.
“Competition is good for you,” Perry said. “It keeps you on your toes. I ran a good, clean race and was very positive, and I’m just glad it’s over with.”
“We’ve still got projects that we’re working on at the Fiscal Court,” Goodwin said when asked about his post-election night plans. He went on to say that he’ll definitely think about running for the position again.
At press time, it was clear that Mitt Romney (R) would earn Kentucky’s electoral votes for President, but his race with incumbent Barack Obama (D) was too close to call.
Franklin Clark, reporter for The Cadiz Record, contributed to this report.