The balloons at Democratic party headquarters dropped for Crit Luallen Tuesday night as the Frankfort native and lifelong Democrat boosted the spirit of her party with her win in the state auditor's race.
Luallen said she was honored to be given the confidence of so many supporters who will be rewarded "with the hard work, honesty and commitment I have shown throughout my career."
After her speech, Luallen acknowledged "there were moments" she was nervous about the outcome of the tight race against Linda Greenwell, a Taylorsville Republican whose campaign slammed Luallen because of her tenure as executive cabinet secretary for Gov. Paul Patton.
This was Luallen's first run for public office. She previously served as both a finance and tourism secretary under former Gov. Brereton Jones and served as arts commissioner for former Gov. Martha Layne Collins.
Luallen defeated Greenwell with 510,827 votes, or 51 percent. Greenwell had 495,493 votes, or 49 percent.
In Franklin County, Luallen received 10,183 votes to Greenwell's 8,435 votes.
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