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.