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.”

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