Commissioners re-elected to fourth term en masse

Published 11:46 am Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Kitty Strode

Kitty Strode

Kenny Book

Kenny Book

Shannon Cox

Shannon Cox

Rick Beach

Rick Beach

The Winchester Board of Commissioners will carry on as it has for the last six years. 

All four commissioners, Shannon Cox, Rick Beach, Kenny Book and Kitty Strode were elected to their fourth consecutive term as a group. Strode is the newest member of the group, winning her fourth straight term as well.

“It’s unprecedented in this town,” Cox said. As the top vote-getter with 3,404 (21.66 percent), Cox returns as mayor pro-tem as well.

“I think it shows we all work together and work together well,” Cox said. “Even when we disagree, we do it cordially and respectfully.”

Strode was second in voting with 2,908 or 18.5 percent, followed by Beach with 2,698 (17.17 percent) and Book with 2,513 (15.99 percent).

“I’m excited because there are so many good things going on” in the city, Strode said, and that she continues to be involved.

Challenger and retired Winchester firefighter Ramsey Flynn finished a close fifth, losing to Book by 146 votes for the final spot on the commission. This was Flynn’s first attempt at elected office. Ralph Harrison finished sixth with 1,826 votes, or 11.62 percent.

“Everybody wants to win, but I’m pleased,” Flynn said after the votes were announced Tuesday night. “I met so many wonderful people. I enjoyed the race. I’m not upset. I’m going to serve the community in some way.”

For Book, 2017 will mark his 25th year on the commission.

“It feels good,” he said. “Us four will keep doing what needs to be done.”

“I appreciate the confidence of the voters of Winchester put in me to re-elect (me),” Beach said.

According to the Clark County Clerk’s office, 15,716 people voted in the city commission race.

About Fred Petke

Fred Petke is a reporter for The Winchester Sun, the Jessamine Journal and the State Journal. His beats include cops, courts, fire, public records, city and county government and other news. To contact Fred, email fred.petke@bluegrassnewsmedia.com or call 859-759-0051.

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