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Incumbent Wayne T. Rutherford loses Pike County Judge Executive primary

PIKEVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - Some incumbents struggled across the region on Tuesday. In Pike County, democrats have gone back and forth for years on who holds the seat as judge executive.

Once again republicans failed to enter the race, so it was down to three...leading to what some might call a surprising result.

Judge Wayne T. Rutherford, working to seek his 7th term as county judge, waited for results with numbers staying pretty close most of the evening.

However, at about 8:30 it became clear there will be a new judge in office come January with, Bill Deskins, defeating the incumbent.

Deskins says, "I am just happy to win this thing. It was my purpose to do this for the county and the people...to serve them. I thank them for helping me win it. I am just interested in getting the job done. I will balance the books and get everything lined out...just do my best with what we've got to work with."

Deskins held the county judge position for one term from 2003 to 2007. He says he plans to get the county in the best shape he can during the next four years and then turn it over to a new generation of leaders.

Now, since no republicans filed Deskins will run unopposed in November unless there is a write-in candidate.

Judge rutherford did not wish to make a statement tonight, he does remain in office until the first of the year.

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