Family history and the economy playing roles in 35th House District race

10/08/2014 04:04 PM

Louisville Rep. Jim Wayne, a Democrat, is attempting to fend off Republican Carl Nett, the son of Carl A. Nett, whom Wayne defeated in the 1990 Democratic primary to take the seat.

Wayne has held the heavily Democratic 35th House District for 24 years with no major challenges in that time, but Nett, a former member of the Secret Service and contractor for the Central Intelligence Agency, is running a tough shoe-leather campaign in the district.

Nett says he has already been to every house in the district twice, but he plans on making the round once more before Nov. 4. While visiting the district Nett downplays the political wedge issues and says he would vote for the community, not the Republican Party.

Making his pitch for a 13th term in office, Wayne says there is still more he wants to do to help the district and the economy.

With Democrats outnumbering Republicans two-to-one, Wayne has been safely entrenched in the district, but Nett’s banking on taking Wayne by surprise, similar to the way Wayne unseated Nett’s father in 1990.

Nett has already raised more than $56,000 in the election cycle with help from top Republicans in the state, including both GOP gubernatorial candidates. Wayne, meanwhile, has less than $20,000 raised.

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