3 GOP candidates hope to keep 88th District House seat in Republican hands

05/09/2018 08:11 PM

LEXINGTON – When Rep. Robert Benvenuti, R-Lexington, announced that he would not seek re-election, one familiar face and two relative political newcomers filed to run in the 88th House District Republican Primary.

The candidates include former Rep. Bill Farmer, who served in the House from 2003 to 2012 before stepping down because of health issues related to rheumatoid arthritis, Lexington attorney Jennifer McVay Martin and Lexington businesswoman Ashley Bruggeman.

Farmer, who says that his health issues are now under control, says there’s one main reason which factored in to his decision to try to reclaim his old seat.

“There’s been a level of civility that has been lost in Frankfort,” Farmer said. “I had good relationships that were there on the other side of the aisle, and it seems that there is just an incredible animosity between people on both sides of the aisle and they need somebody that can go back and have a decent discussion with somebody and not make it hostile.”

Martin believes that she can provide the one thing that constituents want.

“We’ve been focusing on having open and honest government, having lots of transparency not just in my district but across the state, and that’s what I think is going to be really important,” Martin said.

Bruggeman says that her background in business as well as serving others will make her an effective legislator.

“I’ve been civically engaged in the community fora number of years, both in politics and in charitable organizations, and so this race just serves as another opportunity to increase that level of service,” Bruggeman said. “I’ve worked in the commercial construction industry for over 15 years, and I know what it is to have hundreds of people depending on you for their job security, and I think that that goes hand in hand with the legislature.”

Don Weber

Don Weber is a Video Journalist for Spectrum News and covers politics and education on Pure Politics, Kentucky’s only nightly program dedicated to state politics. Don is a lifelong Kentuckian and a graduate of Northern Kentucky University. He spent many years covering sports in the Northern Kentucky area before shifting primarily to politics. You can watch Don’s work weeknights at 7:00 and 11:30 on Pure Politics, available exclusively on Spectrum News, HD Channels 403 and 715. If you have a story idea you can reach Don at donald.weber@charter.com.



  • One Man's Opinion wrote on May 09, 2018 11:10 PM :

    Thought Bill Farmer was a tax accountant, not insurance.

  • Geoff Young for Congress wrote on May 10, 2018 08:14 AM :

    All 3 of these Republicans are far right-wing extremists. None is a moderate. All of them would work every day to make the richest 1% of Kentuckians even richer and everyone else poorer. All of them would try to make all abortions illegal and put Planned Parenthood out of business, which would raise, not lower the abortion rate. All of them would try to destroy every union in Kentucky, which would damage the middle class and working people. Those are extreme positions, and all of them would make Kentucky a worse place to live.

    If the winner of the Democratic primary on May 22 is Josh Mers, however, the Republican nominee will almost certainly win in November. Mers is one of 122 corrupt, crooked “Democrats” who routinely rig and steal “Democratic” Party primaries in Kentucky. If U.S. Attorney Robert Duncan (phone number 859-233-2661) ever decides to do his job and indict these 122 crooks, Josh Mers could be in a federal prison on election day, 2018.

    Three other “Democrats” who might be in prison by November include Amy McGrath, Jim Gray, and Reggie Thomas. The top of the “Democratic” Party has become totally corrupt, except for me and a few other Bernie Sanders Democrats.

    Geoff Young (D): Kentucky “Democratic” Party Can’t Stop Rigging Primaries

    Please contact U.S. Attorney Robert M. Duncan, Jr. at the Lexington Main Phone Number: (859) 233-2661 – and leave a message asking him to indict 122 powerful “Democrats” for ongoing election fraud. He has the authority to do it, based on the information I mailed to him. If the month of April goes by with no indictments, I am going to demand the immediate arrest of these 122 crooked “Democrats” by federal marshals.

    Media Release – For Immediate Release – March 30, 2018 – Lexington, KY

    On 3/22/18, the Kentucky “Democratic” Party and/or the “Democratic” Woman’s Club of Kentucky called the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office to send an officer to remove me from the club’s annual meeting. The location was the “Democratic” Party Headquarters building on Democrat Drive.

    During a break in the meeting, Deputy Sheriff James Stepp walked up to me. I was sitting at a table in the back of the room minding my own business. He asked me to come outside, and our conversation is summarized on pp. 25-27 of the following document, which I mailed to U.S. Attorney Rob Duncan yesterday (March 29, 2018):


    The 69-page document is titled, “Official, Notarized Criminal Complaint Against Certain Powerful Democrats for Ongoing Election Fraud and Violations of Geoff Young’s Constitutional Rights (Federal and Kentucky) – Updated.” I mailed Version 1 to the two U.S. Attorneys for Kentucky and the FBI in Louisville on 2/22/18. I’m asking them to indict 122 powerful Kentucky Democrats, including the following people and organizations:

    1. Ben Self, Current Chairperson of the Kentucky “Democratic” Party
    2. Sannie Overly, former Chair of the KDP from 1/30/16 to 11/11/17
    3. Patrick Hughes, former Chair of the KDP from 2/6/15 to 1/30/16
    4. Dan Logsdon, former Chair of the KDP from 2010 to 2/6/15
    5. Mary Nishimuta, Executive Director of the KDP
    6. Charlotte Flanery
    7. Ronnie Bastin
    8. Mark Barnard
    9. Reggie Thomas
    10. Amy McGrath
    11. Jim Gray
    12. Adam Edelen
    13. Jack Conway, former Attorney General of Kentucky
    14. Steve Beshear, former Governor of Kentucky
    15. Attorney General Andy Beshear
    16. Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes
    17. The Kentucky Young Democrats and whoever was Chairperson on 8/26/17
    18. The College Democrats of Kentucky and whoever was Chairperson on 8/26/17
    19. George Russell, Franklin Co. Chairperson and member of State Board of Elections
    20. Albert B, Chandler III, member of State Board of Elections
    21. Donald W. Blevins, member of State Board of Elections
    22. Maryellen Allen, former Executive Director of the State Board of Elections
    23. Greg Copley, Attorney General’s Office
    24. Barbara Whaley, retired from Attorney General’s Office
    25. Shawna Kincer, Attorney General’s Office
    26. Jon Salomon, Esq.
    27. Adam K. Neel, Esq.
    28. Kristin E. McCall, Esq.
    29. Mark Guilfoyle, Esq.
    30. Jennifer A. Moore, Esq.
    31. Abigale Rhodes Green, Esq.
    32. Bailey Roese, Esq.
    33. Christie A. Moore, Esq.
    34. Matt James, Assistant Attorney General
    35. Estelle Bayer, member of the Democratic Woman’s Club of Kentucky
    36. Clint Morris, Chairperson of the Fayette County “Democratic” Party

    51. Donna Moore Campbell

    56. Angela Evans
    57. Chris Ford
    58. Denise Gray

    60. Josh Hicks

    67. Bob McNulty
    68. Josh Mers

    77. Alayne White

    93. Kathy Hinkle and the Democratic Woman’s Club of Kentucky

    The State Central Executive Committee of the KDP and all of its voting members.

    Young also has a federal lawsuit pending against the KDP and FCDP for election fraud, which is now before the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati. Young stated: “This criminal conspiracy has been continuing to violate my freedom of speech, the KDP Bylaws, and Kentucky election laws, even while my civil lawsuit is still pending against them. They don’t seem to pay any attention to election fraud, the rights of Democratic voters to participate in fair elections, or the rule of law.”

    For more details or to arrange an interview, please contact:

    Geoff Young for Congress
    (859) 278-4966
    Campaign web site: www.young4ky.com
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/geoffrey.m.young.9
    Email: energetic@windstream.net

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