James Comer announces run for 1st Dist. Congressional seat

09/30/2015 10:30 AM

On the heels of U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield, R-Hopkinsville, announcement that he will not seek re-election, Agriculture Commissioner James Comer announced he will seek the open post in 2016.

Comer first announced his decision to the Associated Press on Wednesday.

In a press release, Comer said “it is important to me that we have a conservative representative in Washington.”

Comer is months removed from an 83-vote loss in the GOP gubernatorial primary to Republican nominee Matt Bevin. After the loss Comer said he planned on returning to his home in Monroe County.

On Tuesday, Whitfield, who is under a House Ethics Committee probe over whether he improperly helped his wife’s work as a lobbyist for the Humane Society Legislative Fund, said he will would not seek re-election to a 12th term. Whitfield has denied allegations of improper conduct.

Comer said he appreciates the service of Whitfield, “and his commitment to the people of the First District.”

“My wife T.J. and I have been overwhelmed with encouragement from supporters across the entire district,” Comer said in the release. “I will be an active, energetic, and accessible Congressman who will work hard everyday for the people of the First District.”

In August, Whitfield told Pure Politics that Comer is “a great candidate,” adding “…as long as he would like to be involved he will have a great future in politics.”


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