Longtime Franklin Sheriff Loses In Democratic Primary

Posted at 4:56 AM, May 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-23 04:56:34-04

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18)– Longtime sheriff Pat Melton is dealing with a loss Wednesday morning after he did not get re-elected in Tuesday’s Democratic Primary. 

A Republican candidate did not run, so Chris Quire was elected the new sheriff. 

Melton released the following statement on Facebook: 

Tonight I would like to thank my biggest supporter and someone who understands that being sheriff is not an 8:00 – 4:30 office job, and that is my wife Lindsey!

I’m sure I do not tell you enough Lindsey but thank you for all you do! Thank you to my sons, Patrick and Matthew, for always believing in your dad! I love you boys!

For the past 7 ½ years it has been an honor and privilege to serve the citizens of Franklin County. And tonight a majority have made it known that they desire a change at the sheriff’s office.

Earlier this evening I called Chris Quire and congratulated him on his victory. I also told him I believe we have set a strong and positive foundation for the sheriff’s office. One that he can continue to build on.

But tonight I can hold my head high and say I ran a positive campaign, not resorting to any half-truths and innuendos. We win with grace and we loose with grace.

I’ve always let you know where I stand, being honest, and always putting OUR COMMUNITY FIRST, and I will continue to do that for the rest of my term.

Tonight I want thank all of our supporters that have believed in me, the team that helped with this campaign was amazing, and there are so many of you. Whether you knocked on doors, made calls, or just shared a Facebook post, I want you to know that I greatly appreciate all you have done.

I am not certain what the future holds, as it relates to a career, after January of next year. But I do know that the future is very bright and I will have more time to spend with Lindsey, my boys, and Macy Grace, who will be here this fall!

Once again, thank you everyone. It has been an honor and privilege to serve as your sheriff.