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.

Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics available exclusively on Spectrum News. Pure Politics is the only nightly program dedicated to Kentucky politics. Nick covers all of the political heavyweights and his investigative work brings to light issues that might otherwise go unnoticed, like his coverage of the backlog of DNA rape kits waiting to be tested in Kentucky. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Pure Politics airs weeknight at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News. Follow Nick on Twitter @NStorm_Politics. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or nicholas.storm@charter.com.



  • Ricky Lee Williams Jr. wrote on January 30, 2018 09:37 PM :

    If Governor Bevin has promised a job to Addie Wuchner, that should be enough for the last holdouts that have any trust left in the Gang of 8. Below is the story in the Cincy paper on the event leading up to today’s surprise with Wuchner withdrawing her papers. I’m glad that Addie is out of the General Assembly, but if Gov. Bevin has promised her a job in the cabinet, to replace Vickie Brown, he is crazier than I thought.

    It is a shame that someone like Brian Linder takes the high road, while people like Addie play the game to their own advantage. Nothing in politics surprises me anymore, but that doesn’t take away the sting of watching these people destroy others for their own gain. Let’s do all we can to defeat Phil Moffett and Capone down in Madison County. RL

    The Kentucky filing deadline for the May 22 primary passed at 4 p.m. on Tuesday. Here are the five biggest surprises:
    Addia Wuchner withdraws at the last minute.


  • Geoff Young for Congress wrote on January 31, 2018 09:53 PM :

    I checked it out & it’s true: Sannie Overly is not running for reelection in House District 72. Back in 2014, I thought she was honest & capable. Between 2/9/15 and today, however, she has proven that she is totally corrupt. She has a bad habit of rigging & stealing important “Democratic” primary elections. She should be in a federal prison today for massive election fraud in 2015 (Governor) and 2017-18 (US Representative from KY-6). I have reams of evidence to prove it, and I intend to continue my civil lawsuit against her & about 50 other crooked “Democrats” until justice is done and they pay me damages for violating my civil rights. Quitting the Legislature will not get her off the hook – I hope.

  • Honest Parley wrote on January 31, 2018 09:59 PM :

    We should have no trust or faith in Matthew Griswold Bevin. He is a chronic twister of the facts, a fabricator, an outright lier, someone who shows no loyalty to anyone but himself. His office is controlled chaos given that he has no inner circle, no one that he trusts, and his cabinet secretaries are running their own shows while barely consulting him. His Public Protection Secretary, a former Barren County Judge-Executive, is hell-bent on proliferating alcohol sales and gambling. Neither Governor Griswold Bevin nor his Young Brick Man understand how to govern and state government in general.

    Governor Griswold Bevin’s only accomplishments of note have come as edicts, AKA Executive Orders, that are ideological statements rather than sustainable solutions. His few legislative accomplishments passed soon after the new majority assumed the position in 2017 offer little in the way of long-term solutions to what ail us. In this sense, he is no different than his predecessor. His eyes are on national office, and he is blinded enough by things like invitations to Koch Brothers events to think that he could be a credible candidate for President. News alert: he can’t.

    While the so-called President may appear to set a precedent for rendering truth unimportant and thereby paving the way for the untruthful Griswold, the so-called President will in fact represent the end of Matthew’s fairy tale. The country will learn the truth and consequences of dealing with the devil, and the electorate’s appetite for doing so will be rendered out.

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