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Top Republican, Democratic nominees emerge in Boyd County Jailer race

BOYD COUNTY, KY (WOWK) - In Kentucky’s primary election on Tuesday, voters decided which two candidates will face off to be the next Boyd County Jailer. 

William “Bill” Hensley won the Republican nomination with 38 percent of the vote. On the Democratic ticket, Dean Akers won with 49 percent of the vote. The two candidates will face off in November’s general election. 

Regardless of who wins, the new jailer will have a lot of ground to cover. The Boyd County Detention Center has had numerous issues over the last year, including inmates escaping, overdoses and a riot. Then in February, current Jailer Joe Burchett was indicted on criminal malfeasance charges.

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