Kentucky lawmakers override Bevin vetoes, restore tax and budget bills

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – State Reps. Phil Moffett and Ken Fleming will no longer represent parts of Jefferson County in the Kentucky General Assembly after losing their re-election races on Tuesday.

Moffett, a Louisville Republican and one-time gubernatorial candidate who lost in the 2011 GOP primary, lost to Democrat Tina Bojanowski by 7 percentage points while Fleming, a former Louisville Metro Council member, lost to Democrat Maria Sorolis by a 1-point margin.

Those results are the only changes in the makeup of Jefferson County’s delegation in the House of Representatives. Other incumbents were re-elected, some handily, while Democrats retained control of the four local open seats on the ballot.

Rep. James Nemes, R-Louisville, lost by 300 votes in Jefferson County, but his 756-vote margin in Oldham County carried him across the finish line in his 456-vote win over Democrat Rob Walker.

House Majority Whip Kevin Bratcher, R-Louisville, carried 53.4 percent of the vote in the 29th House District contest against Democrat Ronel Brown, winning by a margin of 1,315 votes.

Democrats held onto open seats in the 31st, 35th, 40th and 43rd House districts. Democrat Josie Ramond bested Leigh Jones by nearly 20 points in the 31st House District held by Rep. Steve Riggs, who retired after serving in the House since 1991.

Democrat Lisa Willner, the current vice chair of the Jefferson County Board of Education, won by more than 36 points in the 35th House District. She beat Republican Donna Lawlor by more than 5,400 votes and will replace Rep. Jim Wayne, who also retired after serving since 1991.

In the 40th House District, Democrat Nima Kulkarni topped Republican Joshua Neubert by 48.3 points. Kulkarni beat Democratic Rep. Dennis Horlander in the May primary.

In the race to replace Rep. Darryl Owens, who retired after serving six terms in the House, in the 43rd House District, Democrat Charles Booker coasted to a nearly 56-point victory over Republican Everett Corley and Libertarian John Hicks. Booker received 10,329 of the 13,481 votes cast in the race.

Other local lawmakers who won in convincing fashion include:

  • Rep. Tom Burch, D-Louisville, topped Republican Christina O’Conner by 46.6 points in the 30th House District
  • Rep. Mary Lou Marzian, D-Louisville, beat Republican Robert Douglas by 49.5 points in the 34th House District
  • Rep. Jerry Miller, R-Eastwood, topped Democrat Maurice Sweeney by more than 16 points in the 36th House District
  • Rep. Jeff Donohue, D-Fairdale, beat Republican Katharine Sweeton-Windsor by more than 17 points in the 37th House District
  • Rep. McKenzie Cantrell, D-Louisville, won re-election in the 38th House District over Republican Karl Licht by 25.5 points
  • Rep. Reginald Meeks, D-Louisville, beat Republican Judy Stallard by 77.7 points in the 42nd House District
  • Rep. Joni Jenkins, D-Shively, topped Republican Margaret Adkins by 37.3 points in the 44th House District
  • Rep. Al Gentry, D-Louisville, beat Republican James Stansbury by 23.3 points in the 46th House District

The results for other House races in the area include:

  • Republican Thomas Huff beat Rep. Linda Belcher, R-Shepherdsville, in the 49th House District by nearly 19 points
  • Republican Nancy Tate narrowly beat Rep. Jeff Greer, D-Brandenburg, by six votes in the 27th House District
  • House Speaker Pro Tem David Osborne, R-Prospect, won re-election by 24.6 points over Republican Diane Seaman in the 59th House District
  • Rep. Rob Rothenburger, R-Shelbyville, topped Democrat Bobby Lacer by nearly 29 points in the 58th House District
  • Rep. James Tipton, R-Taylorsville, bested Democrat Dustin Burley by 42.3 points in the 53rd House District
  • Rep. Chad McCoy, R-Bardstown, posted a nearly 11-point win over Democrat James Deweese in the 50th House District
  • Rep. Jim DuPlessis, R-Elizabethtown, won re-election over Democrat Tom Williamson by more than 17 points in the 25th House District
  • Rep. Tim Moore, R-Elizabethtown, beat Democrat Donielle Lovell in the 18th House District by more than 37 points
  • Rep. Dean Schamore, D-Hardinsburg, topped Republican Josh Calloway by 3.3 points in the 10th House District
  • Rep. Rick Rand, D-Bedford, won re-election in the 47th House District by 9.6 points over Republican Mark Gilkison
  • Rep. Brandon Reed, R-Hodgenville, beat Democrat Terry Mills by 13.6 points in the 24th House District
  • Rep. Derrick Graham, D-Frankfort, was re-elected by 29.6 points in the 57th House District over Republican Calen Studler
  • Democrat Joe Graviss won the 56th House District seat -- previously held by Rep. James Kay, D-Versailles -- over Republican Daniel Fister by more than 15 points

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