Two females vie for recrafted 55th House district seat

10/01/2014 09:21 AM

Only 16 percent of the General Assembly is female, but two women will compete for the 55th district House seat.

Two-time Republican incumbent Kim King, R-Harrodsburg, who has served in the House since 2010 is facing off against Democratic Emerge Kentucky graduate Jacqueline Coleman of Wilmore in a different district than she has represented in the past.

After the latest round of redistricting, the 55th House district consists of Mercer County, Washington County and the northwest part of Jessamine County.

King’s biggest challenge with the new district lines is having to introduce herself to voters who are not familiar with her even though she’s already served two terms in the House.

“I lost 25,000 people that I earned their trust and had been working for the first 3 years of my service,” King said. “So, 25,000 people really don’t know Kim King and are just learning about my work ethic and my dedication and my conservative platform. My challenge this fall is to get out there and let people know about my pro-life statutes and my small business background and voting record.”

Coleman who is a high school teacher in the area has a number of connections with the current district.

“I live and teach in Wilmore, was born and raised in Burgin, Kentucky and graduated high school from Mercer County and have family roots in Washington County,” said Coleman. “So, it’s a very unique position for me to run in the 55th district and I think time will tell whether the redistricting will help or hurt.”

During the primary season, Coleman raised $39,779 according to the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance while King raised $22,568.65.


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