Trisler wins easily over Peyton in Mercer judge's race

May 19, 2004|ANN R. HARNEY

HARRODSBURG - Incumbent Mercer County Judge-Executive John Trisler defeated challenger 3rd District Magistrate Larry Peyton by more than a 2-1 margin in Tuesday's election.

Trisler won all 17 Mercer County precincts in the primary election held to determine the Democratic Party's nominee to fill out the unexpired term of the late Charles McGinnis. Since no member of the Republican Party sought the job, Trisler will serve out the remaining two years of McGinnis' term. He garnered 2,041 votes compared to 968 for Peyton.

Trisler was appointed by then-Gov. Paul Patton in September after McGinnis lost his 2 1/2-year battle with cancer. Trisler said early on that he had not accepted the appointment to serve a one-year term and would seek election to the job to which he was appointed.

Peyton ran because he thought the voters needed to decide who holds the office through 2006.

"When Charlie passed away, I thought it was too important a job to be filled by appointment," Peyton said in a telephone interview earlier this month. Peyton submitted his name and was one of the people on a list considered by Patton when it became necessary to name someone to the judge-executive's job.


Peyton maintained that if he had been Patton's appointee, he still would have believed an election was needed. Trisler agreed, at least in part.

"I think it was important for the voters to have an opportunity to see what we were working toward," the incumbent said Tuesday night. "I felt people affirming us all along. You feel like if you are doing the things that are needed, you're going to be successful."

During the campaign, Trisler listed a number of issues and goals he wants to continue to work on in the remainder of the term and, contacted after the votes were counted, he stuck to those issues.

"We've still got to keep focus on the key needs or issues for Mercer County," Trisler said in a telephone interview Tuesday night. They include:

* Drug abuse and law enforcement.

* "We've got to continue to hold the jobs we have and grow them in industry, business and tourism. I think that's really vital to the future of Mercer County.

* "We have a beautiful county, and we really need to keep our county clean and safe."

* "The other big thing is the vision for the future for our county," he said. "We have got to put a plan in place for what we want the county to do and be, monitor those and stay on track, rather than just let things happen. It's going to be a big thing for our county to put in place, and it's going to take all of us working together."

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