Name recognition not a problem for candidates in one of the most competitive open seat races

10/19/2014 09:40 AM

NICHOLASVILLE — When 39th district state Rep. Bob Damron decided to run for judge-executive of Jessamine County, two familiar faces in the district decided to seek the open seat.

Political operatives are circiling this race as the most competitive open seat race.

The central Kentucky district of Jessamine County is among the most conservative districts in that part of the state, which should favor the GOP nominee Jonah Mitchell, a real estate agent. However, the Democratic candidate, Russ Meyer, is has been popular in his terms as mayor of Nicholasville.

Meyer says his service to the district will make him a better fit for the position in the state legislature.

“You know, I know the needs of our community,” Meyer told Pure Politics. “I have a crystal clear vision of what those impacts are and how they affect your community because the rubber meets the road on main street and I will look out for our needs.”

Mitchell is a newcomer to politics. He says that his experience as a businessman and an educator has prepared him to get things done in the legislature.

“ I feel like my leadership positions and training in leadership have afforded me this opportunity in my life where I can be a true citizen legislator,” Mitchell said.

Meyer has a two-to-one edge in fundraising. The Democrat has raised more than $100,000 while Mitchell has amassed nearly $60,000 to finish off the race.

About Don Weber

Don Weber joined cn|2 when it launched back in May 2010 and soon became a reporter for Pure Politics. He is a graduate of Northern Kentucky University and has spent many years covering everything from politics to sports. Don says he loves meeting new people everyday as part of his job and also enjoys the fact that no two days are the same when he comes to work. Don Weber can be reached at


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