Jill Ford defeated Johnny Black Tuesday in the Republican primary for the open House District 73 race, uncertified results show. 

Ford, who was the subject of multiple attack ads over the past two weeks (See story A8), received 5,697 votes — roughly 68.3 percent of the vote. Black received 2,644 votes.

“The thing that I keep coming back to is that this isn’t my race,” Ford said Wednesday,” It was the people’s race. And it’s not my seat, it’s the people’s seat.

“I’m humbled by the amount of votes we received. My heart is full.”

Ford will face Democrat Gayle Walsh Massey in November’s general election. Massey was unopposed in the Democratic primary.

In the Republican primary for House District 58, incumbent Republican Joel Bomgar defeated challenger Bruce Bartley by 12 percent. Bomgar received 3,603 votes to Bartley’s 2,909.

“I am so honored and humbled by your support,” Bomgar wrote to his constituents late Tuesday. “While the final votes are still being counted, it appears we have won by a significant margin. I want to thank everyone on our team for doing such an incredible job, and also thank everyone who used their opportunity to vote as an opportunity to hire me to serve the wonderful people of Madison County for another four years.”

In other local races, incumbent Circuit Clerk Anita Wray handily defeated Republican primary challenger Timothy Jenkins, winning 12,506 of the 18,109 votes cast  or 69.1 percent.

Republican challenger Jim Harreld unseated incumbent District 4 Supervisor David Bishop, 1,669 votes to 1,091. Harreld will face former longtime Supervisor Karl Banks in November.

Another incumbent supervisor, District 5’s Paul Griffin, surged past his Democratic challenger Hercules Lacey by more than 1,000 votes, capturing 72.3 percent of all ballots cast. He will move on to face Chip Matthews, the winner of the Republican primary over Erin Rose, in November.

In the Democratic primary for Justice Court Judge, District 2, Martina Griffin defeated Walter Johnson 1,670 votes to 1,066.

About 37 percent of registered Madison County voters turned out.