2014 Candidate Update: Candidates emerge to replace Rep. Crenshaw

01/13/2014 01:29 PM

UPDATED: With the announcement of Rep. Jesse Crenshaw’s legislative retirement comes an interesting open House seat that will create a Democratic primary.

Crenshaw’s filing has brought two county-level elected Democrats to challenge each other for the 77th House District.

Here’s a rundown of that and the other filings from the last week:

U.S. Representative

Bradenburg Democrat and recently retired U.S. Army Major Ron Leach made his challenge to U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie official on Jan. 9.

Leach announced he would seek the seat in July of 2012.

Currently Leach lags far behind Guthrie in fundraising with just over $8,000 in individual campaign contributions. However, Leach did loan his campaign $21,600. After operating expenses the campaign only has $2,635 cash on hand.

Guthrie has $1.2 million cash on hand.

State House

23rd District

Republican Jeff Jobe of Glasgow filed for the 23rd House district on Jan. 10. State Rep. Johnny Bell, D-Glasgow, currently holds the seat which covers Barren and an Eastern section of Warren County.

Jobe, who owns a publishing company, previously ran in the GOP primary for the 9th District state Senate seat in 2008. It was an open-seat race eventually won by Republican David Givens of Greensburg.

32nd District

Democrat Ashley Miller of Louisville joins two high-profile Republicans in filing to replace Rep. Julie Raque Adams, who is mounting a bid for state Senate.

Former gubernatorial candidate Phil Moffett and former Jefferson County Republican Party Chairwoman Shellie May announced they would seek the seat last year.

74th District

Republican Woody Wells of Mt. Sterling has filed for the 74th House District on Jan. 9. The district which encompasses Montgomery, Powell, and Menifee Counties is currently represented by Rep. Richard Henderson, D-Mt. Sterling.

Wells fell short in 2008 to a challenge to Henderson, garnering just 27 percent of the overall vote to Henerson’s 73 percent.

77th District

Democrat George Brown of Lexington filed January 8 for the open 77th District seat. The seat opened up after Rep. Jesse Crenshaw, D-Lexington, announced he would retire at the end of his term.

Brown is a former member of the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Council, the Herald-Leader first reported on his entrance into the race.

Brown will take on Democrat Michael Haskins who currently serves as the Fayette County Magistrate who filed for the seat on Dec. 16.

79th District

Republican George Myers of Lexington who serves as the Urban County councilman from the 8th District filed for the 79th House seat on Jan. 9.

The seat is currently held by Rep. Susan Westrom, D-Lexington, who has filed for re-election.

84th District

Neal Feltner, a Democrat from Bonnyman, filed for the 84th House District on Jan. 13. The district encompasses Perry and part of Harlan Counties.

Feltner is listed as the principal of Perry Central High School.

Democratic Rep. Fitz Steele of Hazard currently holds the seat and he filed for re-election.

89th District

Republican Gerardo Serrano of Tyner is joining the already bustling GOP primary in the 89th District. Serrano filed for the seat on Jan. 9.

Serrano joins Republican Michael Bryant of London who filed Dec. 6 to run in the 89th, which includes southern Madison, Jackson and northern Laurel County.

Democrat Joey Taylor II from East Bernstadt previously filed for the seat. Taylor graduated in 2012 from Eastern Kentucky University with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice.

Republican Rep. Marie Rader of McKee currently represents the district.

93rd District

Democrat Pike Co. Magistrate Chirs Harris filed for the 93rd District House seat on Jan. 10.

Rep. Keith Hall of Phelps, who currently holds the seat, has not yet filed for re-election.

About Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics, the only nightly program dedicated to Kentucky politics. Nick covers all of the political heavyweights and his investigative work brings to light issues that might otherwise go unnoticed, like the connection between the high profile Steubenville, Ohio rape and a Kentucky hacker whose push for further investigation could put him in federal prison. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Follow Nick on Twitter @NickStorm_cn2. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or nicholas.storm@charter.com.

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