LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
Laurel County Judge Executive David Westerfield received the nod from voters on Tuesday to continue to serve the county as the incumbent candidate in November’s election.
Westerfield received 6,912 votes in Tuesday’s primary election, topping the 3,598 votes received by Republican hopeful Jerry Hollon.
Hollon, a Realtor with Sallie Davidson Realtors and formerly an Investigator for London Police Department and Sergeant for Laurel County Sheriff’s Department was not available for comment and had not returned calls from The Sentinel-Echo by press time Tuesday night.
When asked how he felt about the results, Westerfield said he took pride in his positive campaign.
“Our slogan is ‘Make Laurel County a Better Place to Live and Work,’ and we’ve been doing that,” Westerfield said.“There has been many outlandish accusations going around, but we ran a positive campaign. People believe in what we’ve been doing the last few years. We’re going to continue our growth as we have the last three and a half years.”
Westerfield, who is currently serving his first term as County Judge Executive, began his political career on the London City Council where he held a seat from 1998 to 2002 before moving to county government where he served two terms as District 3 Magistrate.
During his campaign, Westerfield promised to continue to bring new jobs to Laurel County, specifically mentioning that he had helped secure more than 3,200 “new, good paying, secure jobs” in his last three years, in office.
He also promised to continue to make sound, honest, and ethical decisions with our County's tax dollars thru good budgeting and money management.
“In the past three years, we have enhanced many County services such as emergency services, fire departments, 911 and Sheriff's department, and County road maintenance, while still maintaining a balanced budget each and every year, which is required by the state.”
Westerfield will go on to face former Laurel County Judge Executive Lawrence Kuhl in the November elections, which will not be the first time the two have gone head-to-head for the Judge Executive office. In 2010 Westerfield unseated Kuhl in a landslide victory, winning by nearly 6,000 votes.