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Crestwood man concedes in Republican secretary of state race

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By Amanda Manning

 Crestwood resident Andrew English has conceded in the Kentucky Secretary of State race.

The Associated Press recently called the Secretary of State race with Michael Adams winning as the Republican nominee. Adams was leading with 41 percent with about 93 precincts reporting as of 9 p.m.

In his first political election, English came in second place with 58, 942 votes reporting as of 9:15 p.m.

“I am honored to be able to represent Oldham County in a statewide race,” English told the Era. “I was honored to carry my home county and now we have to get together to support our nominee Mike Adams.”

English, a South Oldham High School graduate, is a currently a Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve. He leaves for active duty tomorrow.

English played football at SOHS, Marshall University and Hofstra University. He earned both Bachelors and Master’s degrees from Hofstra University.

He then returned to Kentucky to work for former Commerce Secretary Jim Host before receiving a law degree and Master’s degree in public policy from the College of William and Mary.

He’s served nearly a decade in the Navy, including being deployed to the Persian Gulf abroad the USS Iwo Jima. He returned home to Oldham County after leaving active duty.

He left his job as General Counsel for the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet for the Commonwealth of Kentucky to pursue campaigning fulltime in January of this year.

On the Democratic side, Heather French Henry won by a landslide, with 242,779 votes reporting out of 93 percent of precincts.  

English is the son of a college football coach and a school teacher who also live in Oldham County.

English congratulated Adams on the win.

“It is now time for us to come together as Republicans and support Michael,” English said. “We must have a Republican in that office to help clean up the mess that is the Secretary of State's office.”

The general election will take place on Tuesday Nov. 5.