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Knochelmann Defeats Arlinghaus & Other Kenton Results

Kenton County will have a new judge-executive next year.

County Commissioner Kris Knochelmann defeated incumbent Judge-Executive Steve Arlinghaus in a bitterly fought, hugely expensive campaign on Tuesday night. Arlinghaus conceded as Knochelmann's lead continued to grow toward the end of the evening.

Issues between the two candidates ran deep from the spending practices of the CVG Airport Board whose voting members are appointed by the Judge-Executive and how to pay for the merged emergency dispatch center.

A poll conducted last week and released by the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky Apartment Association showed a toss-up but had 20% of likely voters undecided with just a few days to go before the election.

With no Democratic candidate, Knochelmann will assume the judge's seat at the Kenton County Fiscal Court in January. Arlinghaus and he will serve togetehr at the Fiscal Court for the remainder of the year.

Joining Knochelmann next year will be Beth Sewell who was reelected to her County Commissioner District 1 seat by handily defeating Taylor Mill Mayor Dan Bell. Incumbent Jon Draud held off a challenge from first-time candidate and southern Kenton County advocate Amy Heeger. In the race for Knochelmann's open District 3 seat, Ft. Wright Mayor Joe Nienaber defeated businessman Joe Koester.

There is no Democratic challenger for any of those three Republicans in the fall.

Elsewhere around the county, Sheriff Chuck Korzenborn cruised to a win over challenger Seymour Fisk, winning by nearly 8,000 votes. Stacy Tapke claimed the County Attorney seat, holding off Don Nageleisen and Sharif Abdrabbo.

Former District Judge Kathy Lape and current Kenton County Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Jim Redwine emerged as the top two vote-getters in the race for an open judge's seat at the Kenton County Circuit Court. Lape and Redwine advanced to the November election while attorneys Kate Molloy, Jason Hiltz, and Bob Winter were eliminated.

In Independence, Chris Reinersman will face Mike Little for the mayor's seat in November. Those two advanced in the primary that saw Margaret Cook eliminated.

Mary Lou Blount was reelected as County Magistrate in District Two, defeating challenger Timothy Saylor. Gregory O'Gorman beat Richard Bohl in the Republican primary for Constable District Two.

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-Michael Monks