Republican Kenny Imes beat out Democrat Hal Kemp for Kentucky’s fifth district state House of Representatives seat. Unofficial results showed Imes with 55.9 percent of the vote, and Kemp with 45.1. The Murray Republican won Calloway County by about nine percent. He gained a near 30 point victory in Trigg County. Imes says though the job is a part-time commitment, he plans to put full-time effort into it.
“I’m not an overtly partisan person. Anybody that wants to work, sit down and talk and discuss issues and try to get things figured out. If we can do that, Kentucky’s well on its way," said Imes.
Kemp says he’s very disappointed with the results, but says he and Imes end the race as friends.
“I think Kenny will do us a good job, and anything that I can do, I’ve already told him that I would, and we’re going to sit down some time in the next week or two and just sit down and talk and see how we move this state forward," said Kemp.
Kemp says he has no plan to run for office again.