Beshear plans round of positive economic announcements to districts with Dems facing tough races

10/28/2014 10:18 PM

Gov. Steve Beshear is planning to do his best Publishers Clearing House impression as he heads to western Kentucky Wednesday to deliver oversized checks and make state transportation and other project announcements along side three incumbent House Democrats who face tough re-election fights on Nov. 4.

Beshear will join Rep. Jim Glenn, D-Owensboro, at noon in Owensboro Wednesday to announce a County Agriculture Investment Program for Daviess County, Green River Area Beef Improvement Group, the governor’s office announced late Tuesday. Other local legislators will also be on hand, including Republican Sen. Joe Bowen and Democratic Rep. Tommy Thompson.

Glenn is in a tough reelection battle for the third election season in a row, facing Republican Alan Braden, a well-known former Owensboro city commissioner, for the votes of the 13th House District.

Beshear joined Glenn ahead of the 2012 election when he announced $550,000 for a 15-mile-long trail project in his district in Oct. of 2012. Glenn won that election by 251 votes. In 2010, Glenn narrowly earned reelection by 206 votes.

After the noon stop in Owensboro, Beshear will then move on to Kuttuwa at 3 p.m. to announce funding for projects in the Lake Barkley area alongside Democratic Rep. Will Coursey of Symsonia. Republican Sen. Stan Humphries of Caidz will also be on hand for the announcement.

The governor is expected to make announcements on funding to the Lyon County trail and amphitheater projects.

Coursey is in dueling lawsuits with a former LRC staffer who claimed she was improperly transferred after complaining about inappropriate comments she attributed to the lawmaker. Coursey faces Keith Travis, a Republican from Benton, in the race.

Several outside groups have contributed to the contentious atmosphere surrounding this race, and it’s likely to get even nastier in the run up to Election Day Nov. 4.

Beshear will end his western border swing in Paducah Wednesday evening alongside freshman incumbent Rep. Gerald Watkins, D-Paducah. The governor will announce a rehabilitation project to 45X (Kentucky Avenue).

Watkins is a target in portion of Kentucky which has been slowly creeping to the right in recent election cycles, and his district has changed through redistricting since won the seat in the 2012 election.


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