Gilliam wins Republican bid for Christian County judge-executive
Jerry Gilliam, an agri-businessman who currently serves as a county magistrate, beat out three other candidates seeking the Republican nomination for Christian County judge-executive in Tuesday’s primary. He will face the incumbent Democrat, Steve Tribble, in the November general election.
Gilliam received 1,166 votes with 36.56% of the total among the Republicans. His closest challenger was Dan Mason with 728 votes, followed by Tommy McGraw (578) and Katie Moyer (405).
“I think we had a very positive message — a message about a business approach to county government,” said Gilliam.
He believes voters responded to his pledge to approach the future in a “strategic way” so the county can achieve growth through economic development and housing expansion.
Gilliam attributed his win to a strong social media campaign, yard signs and attending as many community events as possible.
In the next round, he’ll contend with one of Christian County’s most successful campaigners.
Tribble, who was first elected in 1994, is seeking his eighth term in office. He did not have a primary challenger.
In his announcement last fall to seek another term in office, Tribble downplayed the importance of party affiliation in county matters.
“I have learned that most problems facing local government do not have a Democratic or Republican solution,” he said in a written statement. “These problems have a commonsense solution. It takes a combination of hard work, common sense and a sense of cooperation to find responsible solutions.”