2014 primaries: Former governor candidate Phil Moffett vs. former Jeff. Co. GOP chair Shellie May for House seat

11/04/2013 08:52 AM

Two high-profile Jefferson County Republicans will face off in the race to replace Rep. Julie Raque Adams in the 32nd House District in yet another legislative primary that will have tea party versus establishment overtones.

Phil Moffett, who ran an upstart campaign for governor in the 2011 Republican primary, announced Monday he will seek the seat Adams is giving up in northeast Jefferson County. Adams is running for the open 32nd state Senate seat instead.

Shellie May, the former Jefferson County Republican Party chairman, announced last month that she would seek the open House District and set up a website with a photo showing May with Adams.

Moffett, meanwhile, became one of Kentucky’s most well-known tea party candidates after coming within 10 points of Senate President David Williams on a shoe-string budget in the 2011 primary for governor.

During that campaign, Moffett made pension reform, debt reduction and charter schools major tenets of his campaign.

In a statement Monday, he said Kentucky has “perpetual problems of high unemployment, failing public schools, job-killing tax codes, and mounting public debts including one of the wost funded public pension systems in the nation” that must be addressed.

About Ryan Alessi

Ryan Alessi joined cn|2 in May 2010 as senior managing editor and host of Pure Politics. He is now pursuing an advanced degree in non-fiction writing from Murray State University and is a regular contributor to Pure Politics. Ryan has covered politics for more than 14 years, including seven years as a reporter for the Lexington Herald-Leader. Ryan can be reached at purepolitics@twcable.com or @mycn2 on Twitter.

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