Freshman Republican representative faces tough road to re-election in key 38th House District

11/04/2012 12:18 AM

Kentucky Democrats’ defensive strategy to keep control of the state House has started with going on offense against perceived vulnerable Republican incumbents.

And because Rep. Mike Nemes, a Louisville Republican finishing his first term, represents a normally reliably Democratic district, he’s at the top of the list.

Nemes out-worked Democratic incumbent Tim Firkins in the district made up of blue-collar neighborhoods between downtown Louisville and the Gene Snyder Expressway.

Democrats are betting heavily that first time candidate Denny Butler, a retired police sergeant and the son of the late former state Rep. Denver Butler, can deliver despite the fierce campaigning and moderate stances of Nemes.

Here’s a look at those candidates:

Nick Storm

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