Perennial candidate Geoff Young seeks Democratic nomination as he sues KDP, fellow Democratic candidates

09/20/2017 02:29 PM

Democratic 6th District Congressional candidate Geoff Young of Lexington is vying for the nomination of his party even as he brings a lawsuit against the Kentucky Democratic Party, and is trying to add fellow Democratic candidates for the post to his lawsuit.

Young has twice run and lost for the Democratic nomination for the 6th Congressional District, but this year he thinks will be different — pointing to a lawsuit.

The Lexington Democrat alleges his campaign rivals; former Marine Corps fighter pilot Amy McGrath and state Sen. Reggie Thomas are involved “in an ongoing conspiracy by the Kentucky Democratic Party to rig Democratic primary elections.”

Young filed a lawsuit claiming the Kentucky Democratic Party (KDP) back in 2015 claiming the party and candidate Jack Conway’s campaign “rigged and stole” the primary. He is currently seeking to add McGrath and Thomas as defendants to that case, though a judge has yet to rule.

In 2015 Young ran for governor and lost that primary to Jack Conway by more than 102,000 votes.

In a nutshell, Young doesn’t think Thomas or McGrath “has any chance of winning” the Democratic primary largely because of the legal challenges he has filed against them, and the Democratic Party.

If Young wins the primary he said he would forgive the KDP, and work with them to challenge incumbent U.S. Rep. Andy Barr, R-Lexington.

“I’m a very forgiving person, even though I have alleged that they have been violating my civil rights – freedom of speech and due process … I will forgive them for all that, once they admit that they’re wrong, and I think we’ll have a wonderful working relationship,” he said of the KDP.

The Lexington Democrat says he is a peace candidate and preventing nuclear war is the top issue facing the 6th District.

Young also talked about issues of health care, coal policy and went in depth on his allegations against members of his own party in the raw interview clip below.

Young’s first loss for the 6th Congressional seat came in 2014 losing to nominee Elisabeth Jensen by 16,692 votes; he filed again for office in 2016 losing in the Democratic primary to Nancy Jo Kemper by more than 47,000 votes, according to vote totals from the Secretary of State’s office.

If Young loses in the primary in 2018, he said to expect another challenge from him in the future.

The deadline to file to run for office in 2018 is on Tuesday, January 20 at 4:00pm.

Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics available exclusively on Spectrum News. Pure Politics is the only nightly program dedicated to Kentucky politics. Nick covers all of the political heavyweights and his investigative work brings to light issues that might otherwise go unnoticed, like his coverage of the backlog of DNA rape kits waiting to be tested in Kentucky. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Pure Politics airs weeknight at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News. Follow Nick on Twitter @NStorm_Politics. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or nicholas.storm@charter.com.

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