Republicans trying to unseat House Majority Floor Leader Rocky Adkins in the 99th District.

05/11/2016 08:17 PM

Correction: Rep. Rocky Adkins is the House Majority Floor Leader.

MOREHEAD – A nurse practitioner who serves as president of the Kentucky Coalition of Nurse Practitioners and Nurse Midwives, and an ordained minister with ties to the Kim Davis controversy, are opposing one another for the Republican nomination to the 99th District House seat currently held by Democratic House Majority Floor Leader Rocky Adkins, D-Sandy Hook.

Wendy Fletcher, who currently sees approximately 5,000 patients at the Health Plus Clinic in Morehead, admits the primary reason that she is running is to try to fix the healthcare problems in the state.

“I have a lot of young working families, and many of them are working for, not a paycheck, but health insurance premiums,” Fletcher said. “People are being priced out of their health insurance.”

Randy Smith, an ordained minister, organized groups in support of Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis during the same-sex marriage license controversy in the county back in September.

Smith says that his candidacy will be about protecting the Kentucky Constitution.

“Our constitution has been shredded to pieces, and it’s time that folks, who care about the constitution, actually get involved,” Smith said.

Both candidates admit that fundraising has been tough at times because many potential donors indicated that they did not want to get involved in the primary.

Fletcher has raised $7,729.58, and has spent $2,392.60, while smith has raised just $1,075.00, spending $711.68.

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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