Paula Knight won the Hopkinsville City Council Ward 6 primary against Kenneth Hatzakorzian. After the final vote was tallied, Knight had a 12 vote advantage.
Knight brought in 192 votes against Hatzakorzian’s 180. The majority of both candidates’ votes came from mail-in absentee ballots.
“I feel great now that I’ve won,” Knight said. “But I’m gearing up for a hard race in the fall.”
The Ward 6 seat was vacated when Carter Hendricks stepped down as mayor earlier in the year. The city council voted for then-councilman Wendell Lynch to take over the mayor’s chair for the unexpired term.
The city council voted 6-5 to appoint Travis Martin, a republican, to fill the Ward 6 seat for Lynch’s unexpired term.
Martin is running as a republican for the seat in November. Knight is a former city council member.
Knight said that she believes Ward 6 is mostly republican, so the overall vote counts were lower in the democratic primary.
“This race in the fall will be a city-wide race,” she said. “And that’ll be a little bit different. It’ll be a harder race to win.”
She said COVID-19 may also affect the results of the November general election.
“It depends on how the COVID-19 goes,” she said. “How much social distancing we have to do and whether we can go door to door.”