By Carl Keith Greene / Staff Writer
Republican Marie Rader won the primary election for the 89th District House of Representatives.
She won over Carlos Cameron, also a Republican.
With no Democrat running for the general election in November, Rader, who was first elected in 1997, will continue in the district.
The 89th District includes part of Laurel County and all of Jackson and Owsley counties.
In Laurel County, Rader got 51.29 percent of the vote with 695 votes, and Cameron, 48.71 percent and 660 votes.
In Jackson County, Rader got 70.14 percent or 1,710 votes and Cameron 29.86 percent or 728 votes.
In Owsley County, Rader got 84.09 percent or 222 votes and Cameron 15.91 percent.
The unofficial total votes among the two were Rader, 2,627 and Cameron, 1,430.
Rader did not answer calls to her home or business, but Cameron had something to say.
“I ran a clean race. It was the first time to campaign in three counties,” he said.
The race was interesting, he added, “It was different to say the least.”
He spoke about the low turnout of votes. “It was pretty much a nine percent turnout,” he said.
“I knew it would be a tough race in Jackson County. She’s from here and I’m from Jackson County. She had the better-known name and being a 16-year incumbent, as well. We just needed a better turnout,” he said.
“She won, and I congratulate her,” he said as the interview closed.