Democratic U.S. Senate candidates offer vision, talk policy at Boone Co. forum

05/03/2016 09:11 PM

FLORENCE — Democratic Party faithful in Northern Kentucky looked on in Boone County Monday night as Democratic candidates seeking the nomination in the May 17 primary delivered their vision for the state.

Nearly 100 people filled seats in the convening center at the Boone Co. campus of Gateway Community & Technical College for the forum which remained civil, and featured many of the candidates pushing to the left after multiple statewide races for Democrats have imploded with the candidates offering conservative planks to their campaigns.

The candidates in attendance: Lexington Mayor Jim Gray, Tom Recktenwald, Ron Leach and Sellus Wilder spoke for more than an hour and a half about the issues in the race with journalists from the Courier Journal, Cincinnati Enquirer and Pure Politics.

The candidates answered questions dealing with politics and how they’re voting in the May 17 primary, all but Wilder answered they support for Hillary Clinton over Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, as well as their thoughts on healthcare, the environment, criminal justice reform, President Obama’s two terms in office, social security, college affordability and foreign policy, among other topics.

Watch the first hour of the debate in the video below.

The second half of the debate is included in the video below.

Rory Houlihan and Jeff Kender are also competing in the six-person Democratic primary, but did not appear at Monday’s debate.

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


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