U.S. Senate: Jack Conway
On balance, Conway's record is a bit better and shows more breadth than the other leading candidate.
Fayette County sheriff: Kathy Witt
Incumbent has run the office professionally, competently and cleanly.
Fayette County property valuation administrator: David O'Neill
Incumbent O'Neill's qualifications and record make him a far better choice than his challenger, who was an embarrassment in the office and has run a misleading campaign.
U.S. Senate: Rand Paul
If you want to alter the party's course, vote for anti-tax activist with an independent streak.
U.S. House 6th District: Andy Barr
Lexington lawyer represents the party's best hope for unseating Democratic Rep. Ben Chandler in the fall.
State Senate, District 12: Andrew M. Roberts
Lexington veterinarian and horseman would be a stronger, more independent voice in Frankfort.
Lexington mayor (top two advance):
■ Jim Newberry
Incumbent Newberry's steady leadership in troubled times has earned him a shot at re-election.
■ Jim Gray The vice mayor showed more smarts and guts than Newberry on CentrePointe and other controversies, has imagination and management experience.
Distict Court judge; Division 3: (two advance):
■ Maria Ransdell
Incumbent has been on the bench for 13 years, also working with drug court, youth advocacy groups and alternative sentencing program.
■ Kim Wilkie
More than 25 years in mostly insurance law and some criminal defense.
At-large council (six advance):
■ Linda Gorton is smart, experienced, effective and would make a strong vice mayor.
■ Steve Kay is thoughtful, knowledgeable and committed.
■ Incumbent Chuck Ellinger II is a reliable presence on the council.
■ George A. Brown Jr, is a strong advocate for growing the economy.
■ Kathy Plomin is a former United Way president who wants to promote regionalism.