Miles and Warren say partisan politics not part of their character in 7th District House race

09/23/2014 06:55 PM

OWENSBORO – For the second time in less than a year, the same state house seat is up for grabs. And Democrats are looking to gain the western Kentucky seat back from Republican control.

State Rep. Suzanne Miles, R-Owensboro, won a special election for 7th House district seat in December to replace John Arnold who resigned in September 2013 after allegations of sexual harassment, allegations which he has denied.

Miles is a Transylvania graduate, a former clothing store owner in Owensboro and, since 2009, has served as Congressman Brett Guthrie’s field representative.

Her opponent is John Warren, whose late father David, served on the Daviess County Fiscal Court for 21 years.

Warren is a life-long farmer, operating his family farm since graduating from high school. He has also owned a small business and, like his opponent, is pro-life and supports second amendment rights.

While Miles said that she learned a lot during her less than a year in the House, she was disappointed with the partisanship of Democratic House leadership.

“My mindset was, the day after the election, was everyone goes to work in January and everyone works together for the state of Kentucky,” Miles said. “It was made very clear, really quick that it is a very partisan state House that we have and the leadership in the House pretty much dictates pretty well everything that takes place. It tarnishes a lot of opportunities that come about.”

Warren is aware of the partisan criticism of Frankfort and pledges that he won’t be part of it.

“It’s not about being a registered Democrat or a registered Republican,” Warren said. “When we go to Frankfort, you cannot play party politics. It’s kind of like it says on that commonwealth flag that we got, united we stand or divided we fall and we can’t let that happen. I get to Frankfort, I’m not going to see the parties, I want to see the people. “

It’s a seat that Democrats hope to win back and Republicans are desperately hoping to hold onto in their attempt to flip the House to Republican control.

Miles had outraised Warren 3 to 1 in fundraising according to the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance. Miles raised nearly $60,000 during the primary season while Warren came in just under $19,000.

Don Weber

Don Weber is a Video Journalist for Spectrum News and covers politics and education on Pure Politics, Kentucky’s only nightly program dedicated to state politics. Don is a lifelong Kentuckian and a graduate of Northern Kentucky University. He spent many years covering sports in the Northern Kentucky area before shifting primarily to politics. You can watch Don’s work weeknights at 7:00 and 11:30 on Pure Politics, available exclusively on Spectrum News, HD Channels 403 and 715. If you have a story idea you can reach Don at donald.weber@charter.com.

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