This week's candidate filings: More primaries include battle for Comer's seat and Flaig vs. Wuchner

12/02/2011 10:18 AM

Former Boone County commissioner and a prominent tea party leader Cathy Flaig filed to run for the 66th state House District in Boone County — a seat currently held by Rep. Addia Wuchner, R-Florence.

Flaig’s filing, first reported by Marcus Carey at BluegrassBulletin represents the second time this week a tea party affiliated candidate has announced a bid to unseat an incumbent Republican in Northern Kentucky. On Thursday , Ricky Hostetler filed paperwork to raise money for the 17th state Senate district against Republican Sen. Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown.

Flaig, who served for 12 years as county commissioner, narrowly lost a bid to unseat longtime Boone County Judge-Executive Gary Moore in the 2010 Republican primary.

In a press release, Flaig pledged to serve no more than four two-year terms in the state House.

Wuchner has served in the House since 2004. This spring, she lost the Republican primary for state auditor to John Kemper.

Wuchner has not yet filed her re-election paperwork but has $25,623 in her state House campaign account.

She is kicking off her re-election campaign Sunday with a reception in Richwood. Her honorary co-chairs include some big names: Former U.S. Ambassador to Latvia Cathy Bailey, Mary Bunning, wife for former U.S. Sen. Jim Bunning, Patti Davis, wife of U.S. Rep. Geoff Davis. State Sen. Katie Stine and former secretary of state candidate Hilda Legg also will present, according to a release from Wuchner’s campaign.

A second fundraiser is planned for Dec. 8, Wuchner said.

GOP primary to replace Jamie Comer

Republican Rep. Jamie Comer of Tompkinsville will have to resign the 53rd state House seat he’s held since 2001 before he is sworn in as Agriculture Commissioner on Jan. 2.

In the meantime, two Tompkinsville Republicans already have filed for the seat in the 2012 election (even though it’s unclear what that district will look like after redistricting).

Currently, it covers Monroe, Metcalfe, Cumberland and Green counties.

Charles Kirby Copas and Bart Rowland have filed for the seat.

Comer said in an interview with Pure Politics that he would not get involved and endorse any candidate to be his replacement.


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