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GOP election lawyer Michael Adams announces run for Secretary of State

02/01/2018 05:30 PM

Constitutional lawyer Michael G. Adams announced his candidacy Thursday for Secretary of State in 2019 — an open seat in 2019, as current Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is term limited. Adams, is a western Kentucky native and attended the University of Louisville and Harvard Law School, previously he served as an aide to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Gov. Ernie Fletcher, and as Counsel to the U.S. Deputy Attorney General in President George W. Bush’s administration.... Read more 

Election Season 2018: CHFS Sec. Glisson resigns to challenge Yarmuth, Overly pulls a fast one, Wuchner won't run for re-election

01/30/2018 09:17 PM

The last day for candidates to file came and went at the Secretary of State’s office on Tuesday with a flood of last minute surprises, including a major GOP challenger to U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Louisville, in Vicki Yates Brown Glisson, the now former secretary of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services. Glisson, who formally resigned to Gov. Matt Bevin, R-Kentucky, but offered to stay on in a volunteer role with the agency, said she had been considering a... Read more 

Last day filing rush: Candidates file for Congress, House, Senate seats

01/30/2018 10:32 AM

UPDATE 12:05 Flanked by acting House Speaker David Osborne, House Majority Whip Kevin Bratcher and Rep. Phil Moffett, Republican Party of Jefferson County Jim Standsbury filed his paperwork for the GOP nomination in the 46th Dist. This district is currently held by Rep. Al Gentry, D-Louisville. UPDATE 11:25 Matt Koch, a Republican from Paris, was joined by Sen. Steve West, R-Paris, and greeted by Blake Brickman, the Governor’s Chief of Staff, as he filed paperwork for the 72nd House District, currently held... Read more 

Sen. Bowen announces he is not seeking re-election; Rep. Castlen says he will run for Bowen's seat

01/15/2018 10:50 AM

State Sen. Joe Bowen, R-Owensboro, will not be seeking a return to Frankfort in 2018, but a freshman Republican in the state House has announced he will seek the now open seat. Bowen has served in the Senate since 2011; he previously served in the state House for a term in 2005. “It’s been a good ride with a lot of good folks doing a lot of good things but for me it’s time to hang up my spurs. Thanks... Read more 

U.S. Sen. Paul endorses Dan Ballou for Kentucky Supreme Court

01/10/2018 11:48 AM

Kentucky’s junior U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, is throwing his support to Circuit Judge Dan Ballou in the race for the 3rd judicial district justice for Kentucky’s Supreme Court. In statement, Paul said he was excited to endorse Ballou, the Chief Circuit Court Judge for Kentucky’s 34th Judicial Circuit, in his 2018 election bid to replace Justice Daniel Venters. “I am excited to endorse Judge Dan Ballou’s campaign for the Kentucky Supreme Court. Judge Ballou has dedicated his life to defending... Read more 

Candidates set for 89th Dist. Special Election

01/09/2018 08:41 PM

The candidates have now been named in the special election to replace Republican Rep. Marie Rader, who resigned from office earlier this year. Robert Goforth, of East Bernstadt, will represent the Republican Party in the district which favors the GOP. Goforth opened up his campaign account for the Nov. 2018 in November with $100,000 of his own money. Kelly Smith, an Eastern Kentucky University librarian from Madison Co., has the Democratic nomination. The district encompasses all of Jackson and part... Read more 

Rep. Kay announces run for Woodford Co. Judge Executive

01/09/2018 11:31 AM

Another Democratic House lawmaker, Rep. James Kay, of Versailles, will not seek re-election next year, instead opting to run for a local office. The attorney will seek to replace current Woodford County Judge-Executive John Coyle who will retire at the end of the year. Kay first joined the legislature in 2013 replacing former Education Committee Chairman Rep. Carl Rollins, who resigned after being promoted to be director of the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority. Kay announced his run for local office... Read more 

Kim Davis files for re-election as Rowan Co. Clerk

01/08/2018 03:20 PM

Embattled Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis will seek another term in the position which brought her national headlines in 2015. The clerk, who will run as a Republican, grew to notoriety after denying marriage licenses in 2015 following an order from the U.S. Supreme Court to allow same-sex marriages. Davis filed paperwork last week to seek another term in office. Four Democratic opponents: James Jessee, Nashia Fife, Elwood Caudill and David Ermold — who Davis denied a marriage license... Read more 

Rep. Darryl Owens not seeking re-election in 2018

01/08/2018 02:15 PM

FRANKFORT — After more than a decade in the General Assembly Rep. Darryl Owens announced he would not be seeking another term this year. Owens, D-Louisville, has been in office since 2005, and has been in public service from more then four-decades serving as a district judge, assistant attorney general, and Jefferson County C District commissioner. “The highest honor of my life has been to serve as a state representative and I am profoundly grateful to have been elected by... Read more 

2018 candidate filing update: More intraparty skirmishes on tap

01/08/2018 11:41 AM

There’s more intraparty skirmishes lining up as candidates continue to file for the 2018 election season with the filing deadline looming on the 30th. Some of the more hotly contested races could come in the form of repeats from previous elections, like the 8th District House race which will feature a familiar face, but in a much different environment than candidates last saw in 2016. State House: 3rd Dist. Democratic candidate Martha B. Emmons, of Paducah, is the first candidate from... Read more 

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