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 challenge to Yarmuth for some time. Glisson will face Mike Craven, Rhonda R. Palazzo in May 22 primary.

In all there were 256 candidates filed for the state House of Representatives, 43 filed for the state Senate, including nearly 100 women filed for the General Assembly.

Thirteen seats in the Kentucky House and two seats in the Kentucky Senate are uncontested — including Rep. Jeff Hoover, R-Jamestown, who stepped down as speaker of the House, amid a sexual harassment settlement.

There are also 21 open seats in the House, 11 Democratic held seats and 10 Republican held seats.

Of the surprise open seats, are Rep. Sanne Overly, D-Paris, who walked into the Secretary of State’s office with Emily Ferguson, a House policy advisor. Overly and Ferguson declined interviews with Pure Politics after the candidate filing.

In a statement sent to Pure Politics, Overly said she would look forward to public service in the future.

“I’ve dedicated my time as your state representative working to improve the lives of the people in our community, securing state funding for investment in the district, and representing your interests in Frankfort,” Overly said. “I am confident the great men and women in this district will elect a capable representative who will continue to build on the progress we have made so far in education, health care and jobs. I look forward to serving the people of the commonwealth again in the future.”

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, now open after Rep. Overly opted not to file for re-election.

Koch said he was a retired Marine, and co-owner of a farm in his home county of Bourbon.

Another surprise came from 66th Dist. Rep. Addia Wuchner, R-Florence, who withdrew her candidacy on Tuesday. In a statement, Wuchner said after 14 years in the legislature the time was right to withdraw and retire from office. Read Wuchner’s full letter withdrawing here: Announcement on Re-election_akw.pdf

Republican C. Ed. Massey has filed for the seat as has Democratic candidate Roberto Henriquez.

Rep. Kevin Sinnette, D-Ashland, opted to file for a local office on Tuesday, creating another formerly Democratic held open seat. Democrats Terri Branham Clark and Ann Brown Perkins have filed for the Democratic Primary. Republican Brian Clark also filed for the seat.

The full list of House filings are available here and the Senate filings are available here.


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