Ralph Phillips

Brad Cole

A recount of nearly 10,000 ballots has confirmed Brad Cole as the winner of the election for Christian County sheriff.  

It took approximately 4.5 hours Tuesday to review the ballots from three weeks prior. 28 election judges split time to complete the recount.   

Cole’s vote total stayed the same at 3,275, according to Christian County Clerk Kay Brown. His challenger and the one who called for the recount, Ralph Phillips, did pick up one vote to net 3,272, but that still fell short.


Just four votes separated Brad Cole from his closest challenger in last week’s election for the Christian County sheriff. Now, runner up Ralph Phillips is petitioning for a hand recount.

“Anytime you’ve got that close, even if you don’t think it’s going to make a difference, your supporters, they want you to do it, just to make sure,” explains Norma Ryan, Christian County’s chief deputy clerk.

On Monday at 10am, Judge Laura Johnson will rule on the petition, and determine if a recount will ensue, and what type of recount is necessary.

Less than two weeks remain before Christian County voters will elect a new sheriff in a special election. The August 4th ballot will feature four candidates aiming to restore the public’s trust after former Sheriff Joey Kyle pleaded guilty to embezzlement and money laundering. KSMU’s Theresa Bettmann spoke with each candidate to learn more.