grant kilgore

Grant Kilgore

The current second-in-command at the Wise County Sheriff’s Office will be the Republican nominee running for sheriff in the November election.

Meanwhile, a county supervisor fended off a challenge for the Republican nomination.

Assistant Sheriff Grant Kilgore won the most votes Saturday in a Republican firehouse primary held at the Norton Community Center.

Kilgore received 785 votes. Coeburn police Chief Scott Brooks received 447 votes. Attorney Tim McAfee, a former county prosecutor and part-time Pound police detective, won 112 votes.

Kilgore will face Democratic candidate Jake Elkins in November.

District Three Supervisor J.H. Rivers was challenged for the nomination by certified public accountant and former county administrative executive David Cox. Rivers received 166 votes to 88 for Cox, according to county Republican chair Kim Mullins.

In recent years, county Democrats ceased to nominate candidates for the board of supervisors, but they can endorse a candidate based on specific policy positions.

So far, a non-Republican challenger to Rivers has not emerged.

In supervisors District 1, longtime incumbent Democrat Fred Luntsford faces a challenge from Republican Michael Moore.

District 2 independent Steve Bates seeks re-election, so far with no opponent.

In District 4, businessman James Lawson is the Republican nominee. Incumbent Republican board Chair Dana Kilgore does not seek re-election. An opponent to Lawson has not emerged.

The commissioner of revenue, Democrat Doug Mullins, and two Republicans, Commonwealth Attorney Chuck Slemp and Treasurer Delores Smith, are expected to run without opposition in November.