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Ward 6 Democratic candidates Ken Hatzakorzian and Paula Knight faced off Thursday during the League of Women Voters of Hopkinsville’s candidate forum held at the city council chambers

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.”

Reach Jon Russelburg at 270-887-3241 or jrusselburg@kentuckynewera.com

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