A flow of candidates and some primary cooperation on filing deadline day
01/28/2014 10:02 AM
UPDATED 5:58 p.m. FRANKFORT — A steady stream of Democrats with prominent political names paraded through the secretary of state’s office in the final two hours before the 4 p.m. filing deadline for candidates in the 2014 elections.
- Jacqueline Coleman, a teacher at East Jessamine High School and the daughter of former Democratic Rep. Jack Coleman, is running for the newly-drawn 55th House District in Mercer and Washington counties and part of Jessamine County. Republican Rep. Kim King of Harrodsburg holds that seat.
Coleman, who lives in Wilmore, is a graduate of the Emerge program that helps train Democratic women to run for office also served as a delegate to the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver. She said she supported Hillary Clinton over Barack Obama for that nomination.
- Dave Stengel, the former commonwealth attorney from Jefferson County who also served from 1992 to 1994 in the state House, is running to challenge Republican Rep. Kevin Bratcher, R-Louisville, in the 29th House District. Among the issues Stengel said he wants to work on, if elected, is automatically restoring voting rights to non-violent ex-felons and allowing for expungement of their records:
- Kathy Warnecke Ryan, a Lexington attorney, filed to run in the 12th state Senate District in Lexington currently held by Republican Sen. Alice Forgy Kerr.
Ryan, who has just begun the Emerge program, has had previous experience lobbying the legislature. She led a coalition to push for changes to the law to allow spouses to sue for damages for loss of companionship. The issue came up in the wake of the crash of Comair 5191 that killed 49 people in August 2006, including Ryan’s husband Michael Ryan.
- Stewart Gritton, who ran unsuccessfully for the Democratic primary for agriculture commissioner in 2011, became the third Democrat to file for the open 53rd House District covering Anderson and Spencer counties and part of Bullitt. Gritton joins former state Rep. Kent Stevens of Lawrenceburg and Donna Drury, an Anderson County School Board member. The winner of that May 20 primary takes on Republican James A. Tipton, who is running unopposed in the GOP primary.
- Audrey Haydon, a 28-year-old attorney from Nelson County, filed to run in the 50th District as a Democrat. Republican Rep. David Floyd, R-Bardstown, currently holds that seat. Haydon said she is distantly related to former Democratic Rep. Jodie Haydon.
John Warren, a Democrat from Daviess County, will challenge Republican Rep. Suzanne Miles, who just started her first session after being elected in a Dec. 10 special election. Warren has an agriculture background. Kim Humphrey, a Union County Democrat, lost the Dec. 10 special election and did not file to run this year.
Call it primary cooperation. Bonnie Linnemeier, a Republican from Madison County, filed her paperwork shortly before noon to run for the 81st state House District as well as the candidacy forms for her opponent in the May 20 primary, C. Wesley Morgan.
Linnemeier, 40 and a former banker, said she met Morgan for the first time on Monday. They talked and agreed they had similar views and wanted to support each other as they run against each other for the nomination. The winner will likely take on Rep. Rita Smart, D-Richmond, who filed for a third term and doesn’t yet have an opponent.
Northern Kentucky lawyer Brandon Voelker of Cold Spring has joined the increasingly crowded Republican primary for the 24th state Senate District that’s being vacated by Sen. Katie Stine of Southgate.
Voelker didn’t deliver the paperwork to the secretary of state’s office in person. But his entrance to the race means three well known Republicans will be battling it out to replace Stine. Lawyer Wil Schroder Jr. and GOP activist Deb Sheldon already have filed.
The winner of the GOP primary faces Democrat Jason Steffen in November.
Senate Democratic Leader R.J. Palmer of Winchester filed for re-election. He was the last incumbent senator running for re-election to file for another term.
After being a Democratic Party activist in Fayette County and being appointed as a county commissioner, Creasa Reed filed to run for office for the first time. In doing so, Reed is making good on her promise as a member of the first class of the group Emerge, which trains Democratic women to become candidates.
Reed filed to run for the 88th House District, which is held by first-term Republican Rep. Robert Benvenuti of Lexington.
While Reed said it might be an uphill battle in a Republican district, she said she hopes voters want someone in office who has been an activist for the disabled and poor for decades. Reed grew up the daughter of a disabled father in Floyd County, eating one meal a day through high school before getting a degree at Georgetown College and later moving on to graduate school. As part of her health activism she helped found the Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health:
Jim Ewen, the chairman of the Oldham County Democratic Party, entered the race for 59th state House District. Republican Rep. David Osborne currently holds the Oldham County-based seat.
Republican candidate Tony Downey of Ashland is making a second attempt at the state Senate in two years. He is running in the 18th District, currently held by Democratic Sen. Robin Webb, D-Grayson.
Downey lost by 10,000 votes to Sen. Walter Blevins, D-Ashland, two years ago. Since then, Boyd County was redrawn into the 18th District.
At 23, Ron Seiter would be one of the youngest candidates running this year.
Seiter, a Louisville Republican who notes that his name is pronounced the same way as the apple drink, was the first state legislative candidate to file his paperwork on Tuesday, which is the last day for Republicans and Democrats to file as candidates to run for state legislative, judicial and congressional offices in 2014.
Seiter turns 24 in July, making him eligible to run for the state House. He’s running for the 40th District that is currently held by Democratic Rep. Dennis Horlander.
Horlander has been in office since 1996 when Seiter was 6.
Republican Joe Mouser, a sales-marketing professional from Louisville filed his paperwork to run for the 28th House District in southern Jefferson County.
The district is currently represented by Rep. Charlie Miller, D-Louisville, who has held the seat since 1998.
This is Mouser’s first campaign for elected office, and he said he entered the race partly because he hasn’t seen Miller in the district.
Mouser also said there are several policy concerns he has for the district too:
Republican Bobby McCool turned in his paperwork to the secretary of state’s office to run in the 97th District, which is the district in which longtime Democratic Rep. Hubie Collins of Wittensville has filed for re-election.
But McCool brushed off reporters and refused to answer questions after turning in his candidacy papers.
Collins and Democratic Rep. John Will Stacy of West Liberty were drawn into the same district during the recrafting of the legislative maps last year. Stacy didn’t file to run again.
The first candidate of the day to file was Chris Payne of Salvisa in Mercer County, who turned in paperwork shortly after the office opened to join U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, Louisville businessman Matt Bevin and James Bradley Copas in the May 20 Republican primary for U.S. Senate.
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