Mike Broihier

Rhonda J Miller

Kentucky State Representative Charles Booker is one of 10 Democratic candidates competing to be the party nominee for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Republican Mitch McConnell, who has seven challengers. 

The state primary originally scheduled for May 19 has been rescheduled for June 23 due to the outbreak of the coronavirus. The general election is Nov. 3.

Booker has represented Kentucky's 43rd State House District, which covers part of Jefferson County, since January 2019.

During a campaign visit to Bowling Green, Booker stopped by the WKU Public Radio studio to talk with reporter Rhonda Miller. That conversation took place before the coronavirus required "social distancing" and drew much of the focus away from the state's primary election. This is one of a series of WKU Public Radio interviews with candidates in the Democratic primary.

Rhonda J. Miller

A state legislator who says he will work to eliminate poverty is running to win the state’s Democratic U.S. Senate primary.

Representative Charles Booker brought his campaign to Bowling Green on Monday with stops at the Warren County Democratic Woman’s Club and other events.

Charles Booker said when he was growing up in the west end of Louisville, he remembers his mother going without food so he could eat. 

Booker said, in his opinion, big corporations get too many tax breaks while many working people struggle to make ends meet.


Rhonda J. Miller

Mike Broihier is one of 10 Democratic candidates competing in the May 19 Kentucky primary to be the nominee for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Senate Majority Leader Mitch Connell, who has seven Republican challengers in the primary.

Broihier is a retired U.S. Marine Corps officer who lives on a 75-acre farm in Lincoln County in central Kentucky with his wife, also a retired Marine Corps officer. 

Broihier stopped by the WKU Public Radio studio in Bowling Green to talk with  reporter Rhonda Miller.


Rhonda J. Miller

A retired Marine Corps officer and farmer running to win Kentucky’s Democratic U.S. Senate primary brought his campaign to Bowling Green on Monday.

Mike Broihier came by the WKU Public Radio studios before his stops at the Warren County Democratic Woman’s Club, Little Fox Bakery, and other campaign events.

Broihier is traveling across Kentucky in a face-to-face campaign to gain name recognition and support for his progressive agenda in a crowded field of 10 Democrats competing in the May primary. 

The winner will advance to the November general election, likely against Republican Senator Mitch McConnell, who has seven primary challengers. 


Booker and McGrath campaigns

The tensions between the more center-left wing of the Democratic Party (think Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi) and the party’s left-wing (Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Bernie Sanders) are fairly high right now, with the Democratic primary in full swing. And this fight will play out in Kentucky over the next month — and perhaps through May.

State Representative Charles Booker, who recently set up an exploratory committee for a possible 2020 Senate run, is spending this month traveling across the state, trying to decide if he should formally enter the race. The Sunrise Movement, a national group pushing for a climate change plan called the Green New Deal, announced its support of Booker last week and more liberal lawmakers in the statehouse like Nima Kulkarni are also encouraging his run. If he runs, Booker in particular would set up a clear contrast with Amy McGrath, a more center-left Democratic candidate for the seat currently held by Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell.