Republicans look to hold off Democratic challenger in 74th Dist. race

11/03/2016 04:27 PM

MT. STERLING – Republican State Rep. David Hale, R-Wellington, is looking to earn a second term in the Kentucky House as he takes on Mt. Sterling attorney James Davis.

The race has drawn interest from both parties as Democrats feel that they have a candidate in Davis who can win the seat back, while Hale is looking to secure a second term and contribute towards the GOP’s attempt to flip the House.

Davis, who has headed his law practice in downtown Mt. Sterling since 2008, says that building and running his own business gives him necessary skills to be a legislator.

“I ran a business, I know the law, so, as far as a foundation to be a state legislator, I think I’ve got the experience,” Davis said.

Davis sees jobs as being the biggest priority for the region.

“We’ve lost four factories here in Montgomery County in the last 18 months,” Davis said. “We’ve got to get this job growth going back to this community.”

Despite numerous attempts to connect over the course of several weeks, Hale declined to be interviewed for the following profile.

Like many Democrat House candidates this year, Davis stressed the importance of his party holding on to the House since the state has a Republican governor and the GOP controls the Senate.

If the GOP took control of the House it would put the Legislative and Executive branches of government under their control, Davis said that could imperil, “checks and balances,” according to the candidate.


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