Julie Griggs earned the Democratic bid for McCracken County clerk amid stiff competition and will now move on to the general election.
Griggs, who has worked as a deputy clerk for more than 25 years, beat two challengers with 3,367 votes, or 50.75 percent of the overall vote.
She defeated Tracy Jones, a 19-year employee of the office, and Zana Renfro, the current District 3 representative on the Fiscal Court and practice manager for a local physicians' primary care office at Lourdes hospital. Renfro received 1,660 votes or 25.02 percent of the total vote, and Jones collected 1,607 votes or 24.22 percent.
"I'm just so overwhelmed and humbled at the support I received," Griggs said. "I never dreamed that I would win like this, and I'm going to show everyone that had confidence in me that it was the right choice. But this is just round one and round two is next."
Griggs will now face Republican candidate Becky Bowers, a write-in candidate in the 2010 county clerk election and senior sales representative for Hultman Inc. in Paducah. She was the sole Republican candidate.
Bowers said she is ready to campaign on a similar platform that she used in 2010 of bringing fresh leadership to the office.
"I'm excited and ready to go," Bowers said. "I have been preparing for any candidate. People were ready for change in 2010, and they are still ready for change."
Current County Clerk Jeff Jerrell announced last year that he would not seek another term and planned to retire.