House GOP leader DeWeese faces his first primary in 20 years in tea party challenger Reed

05/14/2012 04:58 PM

One of the Republican House leaders, Rep. Bob DeWeese of Louisville, wants to help his party take control of the chamber but first must survive a challenge from his right flank, with a race against Louisville businessman Scott Reed.

This is DeWeese’s first primary challenge since first running for the legislature in 1992. As the House Republicans’ caucus chairman, he views this year as a critical one for his party’s chance to take control of the state House.

Reed, who runs his family’s printing company and is a first time politician, said DeWeese has had enough time in the legislature. And Reed said if he’s elected he would only serve three or four terms.

The 48th House district contains the northeastern part of Jefferson County, which includes some of Louisville’s wealthiest neighborhoods – and favors Republican candidates.

Reed said he was frustrated that his campaign couldn’t purchase a voter database from the Republican Party from Kentucky to help him reach out to likely voters in the district.

Susan Johns, a former state Senator, is the lone Democrat to file for the 48th House District and will face the winner of the Republican primary in the November general election.


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