Hoffman trying to return to House in competitive rematch with Quarles in Scott Co.

10/31/2012 06:49 PM

Democrats are trying to mitigate losses in other districts by aggressively targeting freshmen Republican House members, including a member of the GOP’s under-30 set — Rep. Ryan Quarles of Georgetown.

Quarles narrowly defeated Charlie Hoffman, a seven term Democrat, in 2010 with 50.3 percent of the vote in the district that covers Scott County and part of northern Fayette County.

Hoffman, who was caught flat-footed two years ago, has been working hard for the last 18 months to try to win back the seat he once held. Both political parties are now investing heavily, underscoring the competitiveness of the race.

This week, Republicans launched TV ads urging voters not to go back in time by re-electing Hoffman. Democrats sent out a mailer with a mugshot of Quarles from when he was picked up by police in 2010 for reckless driving, a charge that was later reduced to careless driving for which Quarles paid a fine.

Here’s a look at that race — one of 25 competitive contests for the state House:


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