It's not too soon for 2014 and beyond for these potential Democratic candidates

08/22/2011 07:17 AM

Brent Yonts for Congress in 2014?

Yonts, the Democratic state representative from Greenville, said he’s considering running for the 1st Congressional District that covers western Kentucky.

But he said he’s unlikely to make that run next year because he’d prefer not being on the ballot during a presidential race when “Kentucky doesn’t like President Obama.”

He said he’d prefer running for an open seat than challenging Republican U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield, who has been in office since 1995. But Yonts didn’t rule out a challenge either.

Secretary of State Elaine Walker won’t be on the ballot this fall after losing the Democratic primary to Alison Lundergan Grimes in May.

But Walker, the former mayor of Bowling Green, said she likes traveling across Kentucky and wants to run for another statewide race.

The next one is the U.S. Senate race in 2014 in which Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell is expected to seek a sixth term.

Walker was coy about whether she’d go for that, and didn’t rule out a run for Congress in the 2nd District that includes Bowling Green. She also hinted that she could be looking toward 2015 — the next time statewide offices such as secretary of state, auditor and, of course, governor are up for election.

About Ryan Alessi

Ryan Alessi joined cn|2 in May 2010 as senior managing editor and host of Pure Politics. He has covered politics for more than 10 years, including 7 years as a reporter for the Lexington Herald-Leader. Follow Ryan on Twitter @cn2Alessi. Ryan can be reached at 502-792-1135 or ryan.alessi@twcnews.com.

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