Many changes are headed to Edmonson County when the calendar flips over to 2015, as several county offices will be led by new faces. The Judge-Executive race, the most watched for many county residents, was won by current sheriff, republican Wil Cannon, defeating his democratic opponent Bobby Thornhill by winning 58% of the vote, compared to Thornhill's 42%.
"This is the second election campaign that I've been through. During the first one, I wasn't well known and was working part time while running for Sheriff," said Cannon. He also discussed the difficult parts of being on the campaign trail while working a full-time job. He said he could have taken time away from the sheriff's department to do more campaigning but felt it was more important to do the job he was first elected to do, something he felt that people noticed.
Bobby Thornhill said "First of all, congratulations to Wil Cannon, and I wish him well. As for the campaign and election, I feel like I had solid support from the consistent local voters. Once the national races elevated turnout to near 50% it made it difficult for me to overcome."
He said he spoke with many residents on the campaign trail who were not just interested, but engaged in the community. He also said that those residents asked good questions about progress and the future, but that it was sometimes discouraging with the conversations that led to the status quo. "It was hard to stay energized with apathy as the prevailing spirit of our county."
Thornhill also congratulated other winners. "Congratulations to Joe Durbin, Mark Woosley, Bennie Simmons and Edd Rich. Going forward, I hope Fiscal Court will be open to embracing some new ideas. I truly appreciate everyone who encouraged, supported and voted for me. Thank You!"
"Bobby Thornhill called me on election night and congratulated me on the win," Cannon said. "He was very kind, honorable, and professional."
Cannon said he's going to build on the same things he always has, and the issues he discussed during the campaign. "We're about to have the most cooperative local government that we've ever had and even though we'll face obstacles, we'll work together to solve the problem. I'm excited and looking forward to serving Edmonson County as Judge Executive."
Along with a new Judge-Executive, Edmonson County will also see a new County Attorney, republican J.B. Hines, a new County Clerk, republican Kevin Alexander, two new magistrates with District 2 democrat Joe Durbin and District 6 democrat Mark Woosley, as well as Deputy Shane Doyle (R) taking over as Sheriff.
Kevin Alexander is also looking forward to 2015 and beyond. "I'm excited about being the clerk, and the other officials taking office. I know they'll all do a good job," he said. "There are many things in the Clerk's office that have run smoothly over the years, but there are things we're going to improve." One of Alexander's first goals is to equip the Clerk's office with the capability to receive credit and debit card payments. "That's something that needs to be done right off the bat," he said. He also expressed his thoughts on a cooperative government in all offices. "These are people that care about their respective positions and even though we may not always see eye-to-eye on every issue, there's no doubt we'll always be able to work together for the good of the county. The last thing Edmonson County needs is division among our leadership." He also said that the Clerk's office will run in a way that he feels people will be pleased with. "It will be open when people need it to be open, and it will be run in a very respectful, courteous, and professional manner."
Shane Doyle is looking to put his past law enforcement experience to work as the next sheriff. "I’m very excited to be the next Sheriff of Edmonson County. I’ve said before that I’ll be inheriting the best department as any sheriff in our history. This department is the most highly trained, educated, and skilled department we’ve ever had. It’s truly an honor."
He said the campaign process was difficult, but rewarding. " I made many new friends during the campaign, and it just reiterated how important it is for me to do a good job as your sheriff when I realized what a wonderful group of people had entrusted me with their safety and security." His plans for the department will be to continue the improvements that have been made over the last three to four years. Greater access to the department, courteous and professional staff members, and cooperation with all other offices and agencies. "I'm honored to be a part of the great group of people that have been elected."