State Senate primaries: Wise defeats Gregory, Schroder wins 24th GOP, Cox wins 6th Democratic

05/20/2014 08:26 PM

UPDATED WITH INTERVIEW: Max Wise, the Campbellsville University professor, will be the new state senator from the 16th state District, unseating freshman Sen. Sara Beth Gregory.

With no Democrat filed in that seven-county district, Wise is the senator-elect in the district that covers Taylor, Adair, Russell, Clinton, Cumberland, Wayne and McCreary counties.

Wise established a base in his home county of Taylor, where Republicans closed down the town square in Campbellsville to celebrate and for Wise to address his supporters.

Afterward, he spoke to Pure Politics by phone:

Gregory had represented the 16th District since winning a special election to replace former Senate President David Williams in December 2012. But the district changed since that time when lawmakers redrew the district, adding Russell, Adair and Taylor counties, which contained half the registered Republicans in the district.

Gregory issued a statement after conceding to Wise thanking voters of the 16th District.

It has truly been a privilege to have served in Frankfort both as State Representative and as State Senator. I have cherished the opportunity to represent the people of my district and understand the extraordinary responsibility of these offices. I’ve congratulated Max on his hard fought victory and wish him well. I will move forward and continue to help in any way I can to make life better for our people and steer Kentucky to a brighter future.

Schroder wins GOP primary in 24th District

Wil Schroder III, the assistant commonwealth attorney in Campbell County, won a three-way primary in Campbell, Pendleton and Braken counties in his bid to succeed longtime Sen. Katie Stine, R-Southgate.

Schroder won with 50 percent of the vote over Deb Sheldon, a tea party activist and former pastor, and Cold Spring attorney Brandon Voelker.

Schroder will face Democrat Jason Michael Steffen in the November general election.

The son of the late state Supreme Court Justice Will Schroder, the younger Schroder combined name recognition with hard work and connections to GOP activists that he fostered working for other Republican candidates in recent years.

He told Pure Politics’ Don Weber what he thought were the keys to his primary victory:

*Cox wins Democratic primary in 6th District *

Former Madisonville Mayor Will Cox easily won the Democratic primary with about two-thirds of the vote to set up a match-up with Republican Rep. C.B. Embry of Morgantown in the general election.

The 6th Senate District is an open seat as Cox and Embry will compete to replace Democratic Sen. Jerry Rhoads, who is retiring.

Cox defeated Doug Smith in the Democratic primary Tuesday night.


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