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Paducah City Commission race won't need primary

BY KATHLEEN FOX kfox@paducahsun.com

A last-minute dropout from the Paducah City Commission race means all eight candidates will move on to the November election.

Deputy McCracken County Clerk Lyne Dickey said the drop from nine to eight candidates makes the primary moot and all eight will be in the general election. The City Commission race will remain on the primary ballot May 20 because ballots have already been printed and absentee voting has begun.

She said any votes in the City Commission race will not be counted and there will be signs posted at the polling locations to inform the public about the change.

Commission candidate Lennis Thompson announced Friday that he planned to withdraw. Dickey said Thompson had filed his withdrawal papers.

He cited a new job that requires him to be out of town on a regular basis for his decision. Thompson recently started his own consulting business, after a reorganization eliminated his position as regional controller at Lourdes hospital.

Thompson finished fifth in voting with 11.3 percent and 3,571 votes in the 2012 race for City Commission. He was just behind Carol Gault, three-time commissioner, who finished fourth with 14.9 percent and 4,715 votes, according to Sun files. The top four individuals with the most votes earn a seat on the City Commission, whose elections are nonpartisan.

Others remaining in the race include the incumbents - Allan Rhodes, Sandra Wilson, Gault and Richard Abraham - and Frank Bennett, executive director of the National Quilt Museum; Jason Crockett, general manager of Radio Jelli 98.3, and husband and wife Eric and Melissa Youngblood.

Contact Kathleen Fox, a Paducah Sun staff writer, at 270-575-8651 or follow @kathleendfox on Twitter.

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