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Four years ago, JD Sparks and Iva Davis had the closest magisterial primary in Oldham County, with Sparks winning by 13 votes. The only difference between this year and 2010 is Sparks’ margin of victory.
In what was once again the county’s closest primary for the office of magistrate, Sparks, the current District 5 magistrate, topped Davis by 49 votes to win re-election for the first time.
Sparks was nearly breathless after confirming his victory at the county clerk’s office.
“I’m really happy,” Sparks said. “I’ve worked hard. You can’t tell when you’re running (if you’re going to win). People say they’re going to support you but you never know if they’re going to vote.”
Davis did not return a message left for her by the Era’s press deadline.
Sparks said he has many “good ideas” for the county he wants to try and implement with another four years on the Fiscal Court. And he said he tried to run his re-election race solely on those thoughts.
“I really tried to run a race on ideas and my opponent couldn’t stick to that, she always had something personal,” Sparks said.
When the court convenes for the first time in 2015, Sparks won’t be the only familiar face. Magistrates Wayne Theiss and Bob Leslie also won re-election on Tuesday night.
Theiss, who represents District 2, won by nearly 600 votes in his re-election bid besting Debby Neal Pate and Neil Pierce.
Leslie, who represents District 3, won by more than 200 votes over his nearest challenger, Jon Bednarski. Shari Brokecker also challenged in the district 3 contest.
Magistrates Steve Greenwell, Brent Likins, Bob Dye and Michel Logsdon do not have challengers in their re-election bids.
Magistrate Kevin Eldridge, representing District 6, will face James Key in a general election matchup in November.
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