LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
With the amount of campaign signs — from both sides — populating the sidewalks and lawns of Laurel County, it is hard to believe that the race for Laurel County Jailer would be decided by such a large margin.
Incumbent Jailer Jamie Mosley defeated his opponent Darryl Bolton by nearly double the votes, with a final tally of 6,958 and 3,586, respectively.
About 50 people watched in anticipation as Laurel County Attorney JL Albright read out the final unofficial count at 7:45 p.m. Tuesday, even while Mosley’s numbers trended as leading from the start of counting more than an hour beforehand.
When asked how he feels about the results, Jailer Mosley could only express relief that he can return to his duties as an elected official.
“I’m very relieved and very glad to have the campaign over,” Mosley said. “I’m glad we’ll be able to give 100 percent of our focus back to the jail; just like a jail, it really takes a team to do this. We’re really grateful and feel very blessed to have the opportunity to continue what we started three and a half years ago.”
Mosley said his campaign was founded on his accomplishments during his tenure as jailer. He offered an extensive list of his accomplishments, which he said propelled him to the win. He said providing a drug and violence free environment, providing opportunities for educational, vocational, rehabilitation vocational, rehabilitation and faith-based programs, as well as providing a jumping off point for those interested in law enforcement helped his cause.
Mosley utilized full-page advertisements in the paper outlining these endeavors to voters.
“The campaign went very well – we wanted to focus on our accomplishments and continued vision for things we want to accomplish,” Mosley explained. “We also wanted to stay away from any of the negative stuff. I feel like the voters of the county sent a very clear message: if you deliver the results and work hard, they will stand behind you.”
Bolton, on the other hand, combined his signage with multi-weekly ads in the paper outlining promises to voters. Those promises included being fully invested in the jail, eliminating video visitations, and expanding the work-release program at Laurel County Corrections.
In the end, Bolton said the voters had their voices heard on election day.
“The people of Laurel County have spoken,” Bolton said. “We worked hard, but that’s the final result.”