The November elections were supposed to be fairly low key, with a couple of school board seats and the city commission set for their regular election.
Things changed quickly in mid-June when both sitting circuit court judges announced their plans to retire at the end of the month.
The news touched off a flurry of activity and a special election, appointments of senior judges and a short-term campaign between a district court judge and a family court judge for Judge Julia Hylton Adams' seat.
Then Clark County Coroner David Jacobs was found dead in Richmond days after his arrest in Lexington for indecent exposure.
The fall ballot quickly grew to include several hotly contested races for several offices.
Within days of Jennings' and Adams' announcement, both of the circuit's family court judges, Jean Chenault Logue and Jeffrey Walson, announced their plans to run for Jennings' and Adams' seats, respectively. Shortly afterward, District Judge William Clouse joined the race, running against Walson for Adams' seat.