The challenger in Kentucky’s 16th Senate GOP primary defeated the incumbent in Tuesday’s election.
Max Wise of Campbellsville defeated Senator Sara Beth Gregory of Monticello, with Wise take 54 percent of the vote to Gregory's 46 percent. The 38-year-old Wise teaches political science at Campbellsville University, and faces no Democratic opponent in the November general election.
Gregory has served in the Senate since 2012 when she won a special election to fill the seat left vacant by then-Senate President David Williams, who took a judgeship.
The 16th Senate District covers Adair, Clinton, Cumberland, McCreary, Russell, Taylor, and Wayne Counties.
More than one hundred legislative races will be on the ballot this year in Kentucky, and for some, contenders must first get through a primary.
Among those is the 16th state Senate District, featuring incumbent Sara Beth Gregory of Monticello and political newcomer Max Wise of Campbellsville.
Gregory is an attorney who spent one term in the House before winning a special election to the Senate in 2012. She tells WKU Public Radio that being in both the majority and minority was beneficial.
"I definitely think it gives you more experience and a better perspective having served in both chambers and having relationships with people in both chambers is a helpful thing," says Gregory.
Looking back on the past session, Gregory says her greatest accomplishment was getting a bill passed that sets up an adult protection registry where prospective employers can see if job applicants have a history of abuse.
If re-elected, she wants to work toward increasing the state’s investment in education.
"That's something I want to continue to see us doing going forward. Investing in education will move our state forward by making it a better place to live, but also from a job creation standpoint, because it's critical to have an educated workforce," Gregory remarks.