2014 Candidate Update: Hoover announces he's running; Candidates emerge to replace Leeper
01/06/2014 02:09 PM
Republican Floor Leader Jeff Hoover has ended the hallway talk in Frankfort and announced he will seek re-election to the House in 2014.
Hoover has served in the House since 1997, and recently political columnist Al Cross wondered in his Louisville Courier-Journal column if Hoover would “run for circuit judge in Russell and Wayne counties or seek re-election to the House and a chance to become the first GOP speaker since 1920.”
Other notable filings over the holiday season include:
Democrat Billy Ray Wilson of London filed his papers on Friday for the 5th District Congressional seat currently held by Republican U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers. Wilson ran for Congress in 2004 as a Republican.
Wilson also appeared as a write-in candidate in the 2010 U.S. Senate race garnering 338 votes.
Three candidates have filed for the open seat created by the retirement of Sen. Bob Leeper .
Democrat Jeff Parker of Paducah currently serves as chairman of the McCracken County School Board filed Jan. 2.
Republicans Danny Carroll and David Hoffman both of Paducah also filed their candidacy papers for the seat.
Carroll, who filed Monday, is the CEO for Easter Seals of West Kentucky. Carroll will face off with Hoffman in the May primary who the West Kentucky Star lists as a retired police officer. Hoffman filed Dec. 9.
The 2nd Senate District encompasses Ballard, Carlisle, McCracken and Marshall Counties.
Republican Tony McCurdy of Shelbyville filed on Dec. 19 to run in the GOP primary. The district is currently represented by Sen. Paul Hornback, R-Shelbyville.
McCurdy previously ran for 6th District Congress in 2008 as a Republican where he was defeated in the Republican primary.
The 20th Senate District includes Shelby, Henry, Trimble, Carroll, and part of Jefferson Counties.
Republican Ralph Alvarado — a Winchester physician — is making another bid for the seat held by by Democratic Floor Leader Sen. R.J. Palmer.
Alvarado mounted a challenge to Palmer in 2010, and twice ran for the 73rd District House seat.
Alvarado, who was a delegate to the Republican National Convention in 2012, filed to run on Dec. 17.
Republican Republican Brenda “Susie” Board of Shepherdsville is mounting a primary challenge to incumbent Republican Sen. Dan Seum. Board filed Jan. 2.
The newly-drawn district district encompasses all of Bullitt and part of southern Jefferson County.
House of Representatives
Democrat Jesse Wright of Mayfield filed Dec. 12 for the 2nd District House seat. If Wright clears the primary he will likely take on Republican Rep. Richard Heath who has served one term in the legislature.
Wright is an attorney and co-owner of Kemp & Wright, PLLC according to WPSD-6 .
The 2nd District includes all of Graves and part of McCracken County.
Republican Jerry Lucas of Vine Grove on Dec. 9 joined Republicans Brian Key of Hardinsburg, Alan Claypool of McDaniels and Democrat Dean Schamore of Hardinsburg in the race for the open 10th District seat in Hancock and Breckinridge Counties.
The seat is open because of the retirement of Rep. Dwight Butler of Harned.
Republican Paul DeSpain of Henderson on Friday entered the Republican primary for the 11th District which includes part of Northern Henderson and part of Northern Daviess County. DeSpain is hoping that the third time is a charm against Democratic Rep. David Watkins after losing the general election to him in 2010 and 2012.
Republican Dianne Burns Mackey, a Daviess County School Board member, filed Dec. 16 to represent the 12th House District.
Rep. Jim Gooch, D- Providence, has represented the district which contains Webster and McLean counties plus southern Daviess and northern Hopkins counties, since 1995.
Alan Braden, a Republican from Owensboro, filed his candidacy papers Dec. 2 for the 13th House District currently represented by Democratic Rep. Jim Glenn.
The district covers the Owensboro area of Daviess County. Glenn narrowly won re-election in 2012 over independent Bill Barron.
a Republican from Leitchfield will take on banker Stephen Meredith in the Republican primary. Davis officially filed Dec. 16.
On his Facebook page, Davis said he is “not a politician only a concerned citizen.” Davis is is listed as a former lobbyist by the Grayson County News Gazette.
The district covers Grayson and part of Hardin Counties.
Republican Brian Krueger of Louisville filed Thursday to run for the 30th House District in Jefferson County. Kreuger’s Twitter account lists him as a soldier with Army National Guard and an author.
Rep. Tom Burch, D- Louisville, is running for re-election in that district to be the longest-serving state representative in Kentucky history.
Republican Eskridge Andy Shelton of Williamsburg filed Dec. 2 for the 82nd House District which covers Whitley and part of Southern Laurel County.
Rep. Regina Bunch, D-Williamsburg, currently represents the district.
Republican Michael Bryant of London filed Dec. 6 to run in the 89th, which includes southern Madison, Jackson and Northern Laurel County. Bryant’s entry into the race sets the stage for a Republican primary with incumbent Rep. Marie Rader of McKee.
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.
Democrat Arch Johnson of Booneville filed Dec. 26 for the Democratic primary. Johnson will take on Cluster Howard a Democrat from Jackson.
Howard is listed as the dean of student life for the Hazard Community and Technical College.
Republican Rep. Toby Herald currently represents the 91st district which includes Breathitt, Lee, Owsley and Estill counties plus eastern Madison Counties.
Barry Webb a Democrat from Webbville filed Dec. 2 to run in the 96th District currently held by Republican Rep. Jill York.
The district encompasses all of Carter and Lawrence Counties.
Democrat Sid Allen of Campton announced on Dec. 16 a primary challenge to Rep. Hubert Collins in the newly drawn 97th District.
Repubilcan Dewie Ison of West Liberty has also filed for the seat which covers Morgan, Wolfe and Johnson Counties.
Another incumbent, Democratic Rep. John Will Stacy of West Liberty, also lives in that district. But he hasn’t announced his political future yet.
Tom Recktenwald of Louisville became the first Democrat to officially file for United States Senate on Dec. 17. Recktenwald announced his candidacy via a YouTube in July, although he hasn’t garnered much attention so far in this race.
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