Family of fallen police officer wants his election votes counted - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Family of fallen police officer wants his election votes counted

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - The family of a fallen Oldham County police officer wants to see his campaign through Tuesday's Primary Election. David Howley was running for Judge/Executive before he died of a heart attack last week.

"He was one of these type people that, when he made his mind up to do something, he would go 100 percent and full force and, there's just no stopping him," said his widow Cheryll Howley.

Several months ago, David Howley made his mind up it was time to run for public office.

"David was very excited about today, actually. There was a lot of build up, he had been walking door-to-door a lot. He had been standing on different street corners and waving to people driving by," said his campaign manager, Marisa Cunningham.

While his loved ones still are still wearing campaign shirts and buttons, Howley's dream to become Oldham County Judge Executive ended last Wednesday.

The 51-year-old police officer died of a heart attack, just nine months after his son's tragic death. Cheryll Howley says it was also the anniversary of their son's birthday.

"After our son passed away in August, him and I both felt a calling that we needed to make a difference," she said.

While Howley is no longer with them, family and friends want to know the outcome of campaign efforts. A statute was standing in their way. According to Oldham County Clerk Julie Barr, it said his votes would not be tabulated or recorded.

"I felt that the statute was in total contrast to what was gonna occur because the machines were already set, there were going be totals and they were going to be tabulated," Barr told WDRB News. Barr said she would have had to redact Howley's vote totals, which would increase the burden of work.

She sought a circuit court judge's opinion. While votes for Howley will have no impact on the election, the judge issued an order saying the number of votes Howley receives can be released.

Cheryll Howley says her husband would want them to see this through.

"We just want those who were actually intending on voting for David to be the ones to still have the ability, freedom to vote for him and see how it went," Cheryll Howley said.

It's a small victory for the family seeking closure after a sudden loss.

"I just want to get the results, and let's see how close he has come," Cheryll Howley said.

Howley faced incumbent Judge/Executive David Voegele in the Republican Primary. Barr says Voegele will win the election. There is no one running on the Democratic side. Voegele declined to comment to WDRB News before the votes were tallied.

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