UPDATE | Varney elected as Family Court judge in Pike County, Ky.

Kent Varney defeated challenger Justin Hamilton in Tuesday's general election for Family Court judge to represent Kentucky's 35th Judicial Circuit District, Division 3 - Pike County.
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PIKE COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) -- UPDATE 11/5/19 @ 8:45 p.m.
Kent Varney defeated challenger Justin Hamilton in Tuesday's general election for Family Court judge to represent Kentucky’s 35th Judicial Circuit District, Division 3 – Pike County.

Varney, a Republican, was appointed by Gov. Matt Bevin in April to fill the position until it was officially filled in the general election.

Varney received 8,705 votes, and Democratic challenger Hamilton received 6,606, according to unofficial results from Tuesday night.



ORIGINAL STORY 5/22/19
Two candidates are moving forward in the race for Family Court judge to represent Kentucky’s 35th Judicial Circuit District, Division 3 – Pike County.

Justin Hamilton and Kent Varney are the top vote-getters and will advance to the general election ballot in the fall.

Their opponents were Robert Chaney and Eugene Sisco.

Hamilton received 3,585 votes. Varney received 3,058. Chaney received 1,598 votes and Sisco received 584.

Governor Matt Bevin appointed Varney to the position in April. He will serve the remainder of the unexpired term until the seat is officially filled in November.