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Rowan Co. Clerk Kim Davis Loses Bid For Second Term

ROWAN COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) — Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis has lost her bid for a second term as Rowan County clerk, falling to Democratic challenger Elwood Caudill Jr.

FILE – In this Nov. 9, 2017, file photo, Elwood Caudill Jr. sits at the Rowan County Property Valuation Administrators office in Morehead, Ky. Caudill won the Democratic nomination in May 2018 to face Republican Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis in the November election. Caudill defeated David Ermold, a gay man who was denied a marriage license by Davis in 2015. (AP Photo/Adam Beam, File)

In 2015, Davis made international headlines after she defied a U.S Federal Court order to issue marriage licenses after same-sex marriage was effectively legalized nationwide.

Lawsuits were filed against Davis during that time and she was jailed for being found in contempt of court.

Caudill Jr. said he hoped to move past the problems he believes Davis created.

I want Rowan County and Morehead to get back to where it was and treat everyone equally and treat everyone with respect,” Caudill Jr. told LEX 18.

Back in 2014, Caudill Jr. and Davis ran against each other in the Democratic primary. He lost by 23 votes.

I’m right there so I did not want to give up. They say run once, run twice, and then you’re out,” said Caudill Jr.

Since that race, Davis switched political parties.

LEX 18 visited Davis’ office several times on Election Day to get her side of the story, but our crew was repeatedly told by Davis’ staff that she is too busy to do an interview with LEX 18.

You can see more election results here.

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