The 'Ville Voice header image 1

Examining Last Night’s Election Results

May 21st, 2014 by jake · 2 Comments

Okay, this will be a bit rough because we’ve just put together two similar statewide stories on Page One. So… you know the drill. Check over there if you want those details. Particularly if you’re interested in the giant Democratic protest vote against Alison Grimes, the abysmal performance of Matt Bevin or the surprising rejection of Democratic good old boy corruption in rural Eastern Kentucky!

As mentioned on Page One:

3rd District Congressional
John Yarmuth — 52,025 — 87.04%
Ray Pierce — 7,747 — 12.96%

A total of 59,772 votes were cast. Who even knew Yarmuth had a Democratic opponent? We’ve probably written about it but the guy was truly forgettable.

Yarmuth will also win in a November landslide. There’s no doubt about that. We likely won’t even pay attention to his hyper-conservative opponent.

Now to other races we paid a bit of attention to…

30th Judicial Circuit – 7th Division
Dennis Burke — 20,021 — 23.54%
Denise Brown — 39,452 — 46.40%
John Hamlet — 14,471 — 17.02%
Denise Helline — 11,089 — 13.04%

85,033 total votes cast.

Despite missteps early on in the race, Denise Brown has proved herself (her snotty campaign aide aside). Appears she’s learned her lesson about properly connecting with voters and taking her role seriously. Doesn’t hurt that she’s got her ducks in a row and is beyond pleasant.

Dennis Burke, though, barely showed up for the game. Even with his wife’s name I.D. and all of her old campaign material, signage, logos and such he basically repurposed for himself. That’s got to be disappointing for him.

Metro Council – 1st District
Jessica Green — 1,711 — 55%
Attica Scott — 1,400 – 45%

Total of 3,111 votes cast.

This surprised everyone but the proof was kinda in the pudding. Voters in the district didn’t blame (rightly) Jessica for her mother’s shenanigans. And they were tired of Attica spending all of her time on Twitter and going to events instead of getting her hands dirty with people who truly needed her.

At one point, Attica refused to give Kevin Cosby more than 30 minutes of her time (WTF) when he was trying to dole out tens of thousands of dollars worth of scholarships in her district. That was sign number one that she was in serious trouble.

When she fought against Walmart (we’re kinda on her side here – at least as far as despising that company goes) and the entire district popped a vein over what she had to say? That was sign number two.

Her legislative aide? Talk about a walking disaster. When Green’s campaign shared the 14,000+ personal emails the woman had sent while on city time, we knew right away why calls weren’t being returned and why Attica always seemed so aloof. And why she gave so much of her discretionary budget to an amphitheater nowhere near her district.

What this all means: It’s not enough to be progressive and vocal. It takes real leadership and hard work to maintain a council seat. Especially in poorer districts with people who truly rely on their representatives in office.

Metro Council – 9th District

You already know why this race was important. Despite Greg Fischer’s pick winning — and him generally being a yes man for the powerful and the wealthy — he’s still less awful than the guy tied to the myriad messes at the University of Louisville, J.P. Davis.

The totals:

Stephen Imhoff — 294 — 6.33%
Greg Bourke — 158 — 3.4%
Bette Nieme — 244 — 5.25%
Jane Bennett — 315 — 6.78%
Jason Clark — 23 — 0.5%
Benjamin Vaugn — 100 — 2.15%
Jonathan Musselwhite — 149 — 3.21%
J.P. Davis — 496 — 10.68%
Mike Brooks — 339 — 7.3%
Geoffrey Morris — 129 — 2.78%
Chris Hartley — 871 — 18.75%
Bill Hollander — 1,288 — 27.72%
Mollie Younger Noe — 240 — 5.17%

4,646 total votes were cast. 4,150 of those votes were against J.P. Davis and 3,358 were against Greg Fischer’s guy.

What all this means: the local newspaper’s endorsement didn’t matter much. Mike Brooks didn’t break 10% of the vote. Outside lobbyists tied to all the problems UofL has caused? It could only buy 10% of the vote and not much more.

9th District voters are aware, informed and pay attention to everything that goes on in Possibility City. It’s a mixture of incomes, races, ethnicities, orientations and all that jazz. Those folks know when they’re being sold a load of nonsense. They can see right through someone trying to win a race while portraying something they’re not. The 9th District proved last night that local politics are NOT a Facebook popularity contest.

Tags: Election · Judges · Metro Council · Politics

2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Chris Tobe // May 21, 2014 at 1:00 pm

    I lived in this district from 88-05 17 years worked for Melisa Mershon, Scotty Greene and then Tina.
    Bill Hollander was considered a neighborhood leader 20 years back for his work at Peterson-Dusmenil and Crescent Hill which is the heart of the district. People I think voted more for that long term neighborhood commitment than the Mayor’s endorsement

  • 2 The 'ole Highlander // May 21, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    I thought it was interesting that a very talented young lawyer, Chris Hartley, received the second most votes. I hope he continues his interest in government – as he strikes me as a potential leader of the future around here.

google

couk