Rep. Benvenuti will not seek re-election in 2018

01/26/2018 01:48 PM

State Rep. Robert Benvenuti,R-Lexington, will not seek re-election in 2018, instead seeking to focus on family, he said in a letter signed on Friday.

In the letter, Benvenuti said he weighs weighs his re-election decision every election season.

“Each time, I carefully consider the great measure of time away from family, friends, and profession that would be required to perform at the very best of my ability,” he wrote. “Thinking of the sacrifice made each day by those in law enforcement and our military as well as their families, my service was at best modest, and I was honored to serve our Commonwealth.”

Benvenuti is not backing any particular Republican Party candidate who will file for the seat before the Tuesday Jan. 30 filing deadline, though he told Pure Politics he is confident the GOP will have a good candidate.

The Republican lawyer and former Inspector General for the Cabinet for Health and Family Services has held the office since 2012.

Two Democrats, Josh Mers and Cherlynn Stevenson, both of Lexington, have filed for the Democratic Party to represent the seat.

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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  • Ricky Lee Williams Jr. wrote on January 29, 2018 08:53 AM :

    KY was ground zero for the Opioid Crisis. IF you have Netflix. Watch Dirty Money. There is a episode on there about HBSC and their ties to drug cartels. A former U. S. Attorney from West Virginia tells his story on how Washington had him stand down on his case to expose Big Banks, and their part played in all this. I know something is wrong with how all this got so far out of hand. The Obama DOJ under Eric Holder has a lot to explain. On many fronts… RL

    https://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/investigations/2018/01/28/kentucky-ground-zero-opioid-epidemic/1069608001/

  • Ricky Lee Williams Jr. wrote on January 29, 2018 08:54 AM :

    KY was ground zero for the Opioid Crisis. IF you have Netflix. Watch Dirty Money. There is a episode on there about HBSC and their ties to drug cartels. A former U. S. Attorney from West Virginia tells his story on how Washington had him stand down on his case to expose Big Banks, and their part played in all this. I know something is wrong with how all this got so far out of hand. The Obama DOJ under Eric Holder has a lot to explain. On many fronts… RL

    https://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/investigations/2018/01/28/kentucky-ground-zero-opioid-epidemic/1069608001/

  • Heza Putz wrote on January 29, 2018 09:28 AM :

    There’s a TON of material for enterprising reporters to delve into regarding the corruption of the Obama-Holder tenure but but but RACISM!!! Lil Andy Beshear is now suing McKesson, the same firm Holder slapped on the wrists when his own investigators wanted to put people in jail….60 Minutes did that story recently and no one has asked Holder for a comment.

  • Ricky Lee Williams Jr. wrote on January 29, 2018 10:03 AM :

    We need someone to file a joint resolution to ask Congress to begin a investigation on this Opioid Crisis and the role the DOJ and FDA played in it.. Mitch McConnell has never explained why he has turned his back on his home state while knowing how bad it was here… RL

  • Cat Balz wrote on January 29, 2018 02:50 PM :

    How do you know when Big Pharma speaks? McConnell’s lips move.

  • sam pierce wrote on January 30, 2018 12:35 AM :

    There are now 3 Democrats and 2 Republicans who have qualified for Robert Benvenuti’s House District 88 seat. With one day to go before the filing deadline, the 2 most interesting non-filers are Republican Suzanne Miles in House District 7 and Democrat Sannie Overly in House District 72. According to the Secretary of State’s website, only Democrat Joy Gray has filed for House District 7 as of the end of the day on Monday, January 29. Suzanne Miles defeated Joy Gray in 2016 with well over 60% of the vote. I hope the Kentucky GOP has a backup plan if Miles does not file for reelection, because it is very bad to lose a Republican-held seat by default. No one has yet filed to run in Sannie Overly’s House District 72. The Republicans need to put up a candidate in case Overly does not file for reelection in order to win that seat by default. Overall, I counted 14 house districts with no Democrat candidates, and 22 districts with no Republican candidates. In 2016 there were only 11 districts with no Republican candidates and 25 with no Democrats. It will be interesting to see what happens on the last day of filing.

  • AllPainNoGain wrote on January 30, 2018 09:51 AM :

    Suzanne Miles filed this morning…take that one off the list. Sannie will file today as well. I think we might actually have an election this year, one where folks have to actually run for office instead of just getting the position. I can’t wait to see how this plays out.

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