Democrats take 2 of other 3 statewide races

Democrats won the races for treasurer and auditor last night, while the incumbent commissioner of agriculture, a Republican, held onto the seat.

Richie Farmer, R-Frankfort, was re-elected as commissioner of agriculture with 64 percent of the vote, defeating David Lynn Williams, D-Glasgow. Farmer said his campaign reached citizens across Kentucky.

“I can tell you it’s been a tough campaign, but obviously our message resonated from Pikeville to Paducah,” Farmer said.

Todd Hollenbach, D-Louisville, defeated Melinda Wheeler, R-Georgetown, in the race for treasurer with 57.5 percent of the vote. Wheeler’s top platform plank was to push for the abolition of the treasurer position and outsource its duties to other state agencies.

“I wish Todd Hollenbach the best, but I still think we don’t do anything in that office,” Wheeler said last night in her concession speech at the Griffin Gate Marriott in Lexington.

Crit Luallen, D-Frankfort, earned 59.2 percent of the vote for auditor of public accounts, defeating Linda Greenwell, R-Taylorsville. The auditor’s duty is to monitor accounts and financial transactions of all state agencies.