Kentucky’s May primary election will be held in one week on Tuesday, May 17, and while there isn’t a lot of races to be decided, there are still some very important ones that will appear on the ballot.
For the Republicans, the most local of the races is that for the nomination to run in the November general election for state representative. The two candidates in that race are Russellville attorney Ami L. Brooks and Elkton attorney Jason Petrie. The winner will face Democrat incumbent Martha Jane King in November. King is unopposed in next week’s primary.
Also on the Republican ballot is the offices of US Representative in Congress and U.S. Senator. In the representative race, the two most high profile candidates are former state Agriculture Commissioner James Comer and former Ed Whitfield assistant Mike Pape. Also on the ballot are Miles A. Caughey Jr. and Jason Batts. Whitfield has held that office for several terms before announcing his retirement last year.
Incumbent Senator Rand Paul also has two challengers. They are James R. Gould and Stephen Howard Slaughter.
On the Democratic side, Logan Countians will get to vote for the presidential nominee. There will be five choices for local Democrats – Hilary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Martin O’Malley, Rocky De La Fuente or “undecided.” There will not be a Republican primary, as that was decided in March during the Republican caucus.
Also on the ballot for Democrats is the US Representative race between Tom Osbornew and Samuel Gaskins; and the US Senator race which features Lexington mayor Jim Gray along with Rory Houlihan, Jeff Kender, Ron Leach, Tom Recktenwalk, Grant Short and Sellus Wilder.
Polls will be open on Tuesday, May 17, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.