2018 candidate filing update: Get ready for another battle in the 91st

12/08/2017 12:36 PM

Get ready for what could be round three as former Rep. Cluster Howard, D-Jackson, has filed paperwork to once again vie for the 91st House District seat, a position he’s held and lost.

This week’s roundup also features some intraparty scrapes as candidates line up to fight for Frankfort.

State House

6th Dist. Republican Randall Fox, of Benton, has filed paperwork to enter the GOP primary for the district which encompasses all of Lyon, Marshall, and part of McCracken County. The seat is currently held by Democratic Rep. Will Coursey, of Symsonia.

22nd Dist. Retired Kentucky State Trooper, Republican Brian “Tiger” Gann, of Franklin, filed this week for the southern Kentucky district held by Democratic Rep. Wilson Stone, of Scottsville.

Stone has represented the district which includes all of Allen, Simpson, and part of Warren County since 2009.

31st Dist. Democratic candidate Josie Raymond, of Louisville, has entered a Democratic primary against sitting Democratic Rep. Steve Riggs, who has been in office since 1992.

88th Dist. Democratic candidate Cherlynn Stevenson’s entrance into the race makes for a Democratic primary between herself and chairman of Lexington Fairness Josh Mers. The two will compete to take on Rep. Robert Benvenutti, R-Lexington.

89th Dist. Carlos Cameron, of Annville, is the latest Republican to enter the GOP primary field. Robert Goforth, a Republican from East Bernstadt, had previously filed for the seat which has been represented by Marie Rader, R-McKee. It is unclear at this point if Rader will be seeking re-election in the district which encompasses Jackson, part of Laurel and part of Madison County.

91st Dist. The political back-and-forth saga is something to watch in this eastern Kentucky district as former Rep. Cluster Howard, Democrat, has filed once again for the seat held by current, and also former, Rep. Toby Herald, a Republican.

These two men have swapped ownership of the seat frequently, and it could happen again in the district which encompasses Breathitt, Estill, Lee, Owsley and part of Madison counties.

98th Dist. Democrat R. B. McKenzie, of Ashland, will try and become the nominee for the Democratic Party in their attempt to unseat Republican Rep. Danny R. Bentley, of Russell, who is in his first term.

The district which includes part of Boyd and all of Greenup County was formerly held by the Democratic Party.

State Senate

34th Dist. Susan Byrne Haddix, of Berea, a retired teacher, has filed for the Democratic Party in an effort to unseat Sen. Jared Carpenter, R-Berea, in the district which includes part of Fayette, and all of Madison and Rockcastle County.

38th Dist. Republican Paul Wesley Ham, of Shepherdsville, has filed a primary challenge to Republican incumbent Sen. Dan “Malano” Seum, R-Fairdale. Seum served in the state House from 1982 to 1988, and then in the state Senate from 1989 – 92, and again from 1995 to the present.

The district includes all of Bullitt and part of Jefferson County.

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