2018 primary election

J. Tyler Franklin

The field is set for this year’s political races in Kentucky. Teachers are hopeful that a good showing during statehouse primary elections will lead to more success in the fall. And all eyes will be on Kentucky this year to watch the congressional race between retired fighter pilot Amy McGrath and incumbent Congressman Andy Barr.


hank4ky.com

Democratic Nominee Hank Linderman toured Kentucky’s 2nd Congressional District Wednesday after winning in Tuesday’s primary. Linderman faces Republican incumbent Brett Guthrie in the November general election. Linderman made eight stops throughout the district, stopping to talk to voters.

 

The 2nd Congressional District House seat has been under Republican control for the past 24 years. Linderman said he thinks this is the year that could change because Kentuckians are frustrated with the way the government is running, regardless of their political party affiliation. He said there’s a laundry list of things he wants to work on and improve but he wants to start by bringing people together.

Creative Commons

2nd District U.S. House Race

Kentucky Democrats have chosen a former self-employed musician who lives in Grayson County to face Republican U.S. Congressman Brett Guthrie in the November general election.

Hank Linderman took 30 percent of the vote in a four-way Democratic primary.

He won by about 700 votes over the second-place primary finisher, Brian Pedigo of Glasgow.

Guthrie didn’t face a GOP primary challenge.

VOTEPAULWALKER.COM

An English professor at Murray State University has won the Democratic nomination in Kentucky's 1st Congressional District.

Walker said he didn't expect to win by such a large margin. He said going forward, his biggest challenge will be to compete with incumbent James Comer's campaign fundraising efforts as a sitting congressman.

"However, I think there are a lot of people who feel dissatisfied or abandoned in ways because of some of the things that have come through the federal government," Walker said. "So I think we can overcome those challenges, because people are hungry for change and I think that will make a difference."

Walker said he doesn’t want to lose the enthusiasm or the anger coming from teachers. "I think we can keep that alive, I don't think teachers are going to forget," Walker said.

Marine Veteran Amy McGrath Wins Tough Democratic Primary In Kentucky’s 6th District

May 23, 2018
www.amymcgrathforcongress.com

Former fighter pilot Amy McGrath vanquished Lexington’s mayor in Tuesday’s Democratic primary for a congressional seat in Kentucky, setting up a tougher mission against a Republican incumbent in a district seen as a pickup opportunity for her party.

McGrath, a political newcomer who spent 20 years in the Marine Corps, defeated Lexington Mayor Jim Gray, state Sen. Reggie Thomas and three other opponents.

Her victory sets up a high-profile fall campaign against Rep. Andy Barr in the 6th District, which Republican Donald Trump carried in 2016. Democrats see it as their best chance to gain a seat in the Bluegrass State.

http://rtravisbrendaforkentucky.com/

A high school teacher has defeated Kentucky’s House majority leader in a Republican primary election, signaling the newfound voting power of teachers after lawmakers made changes to state worker pension benefits this year.

Travis Brenda is a 19-year teacher at Rockcastle County High School and won the 71st district GOP primary by just 123 votes.

During the campaign, Brenda attacked Rep. Jonathan Shell for helping craft the pension bill and tax reform package that passed into law this spring.

Ryland Barton

Kentucky voters will head to the polls on Tuesday to decide who will compete for seats in the state legislature this fall.

This year’s statehouse primary elections feature a handful of crowded contests for seats vacated by retiring legislators. And dozens of teachers are hoping to ride a wave of outrage into Frankfort after launching massive protests at the state Capitol this spring.

Travis Brenda has been teaching at Rockcastle County High School for the last 19 years. He lives on a farm in Cartersville in southern Garrard County. Brenda is a Republican but he said he’s disappointed in how the fully-Republican controlled legislature is doing business.


J. Tyler Franklin

This week in Kentucky politics, candidates made their final pushes ahead of next week’s primary elections. Voters across the state will weigh in on who to nominate for Congress, the state legislature and several local offices on Tuesday. Plus, Gov. Matt Bevin named a new secretary of the state health cabinet and headed off to Asia on a trade mission.


Wikimedia Commons

Next week, Kentucky voters will head to the polls to weigh in on primary elections, including who to nominate for state legislative elections this fall.

All 100 seats in the state House of Representatives and half of the 38 seats in the state Senate are up for re-election this year.

At least 40 current and retired educators are running after the legislature voted to make changes to retirement for current and future teachers and other state workers.

And a wave of retirements from the statehouse has sparked hotly contested primaries, with both of Kentucky’s major political parties hoping to flip districts in their favor.

Kentucky’s 2nd Congressional District seat has been held by Republicans for the past 24 years. Four Democrats are running for the chance to unseat incumbent Republican Brett Guthrie. One of the Democrats hoping to win Tuesday’s primary is Rane Sessions of Breckinridge County.

Sessions said she decided to run for the seat because she doesn’t believe incumbent Republican Brett Guthrie represents her or her community. She works in a veterinarian office and said she’s seen first hand how hard it is to attract and keep people in that profession in rural Kentucky.