The Kentucky Secretary of State’s Office reports about 4,800 candidates are in the running for more than 300 races across the state as the deadline for candidates to file expired Tuesday.
All eyes will be on the state House, where Democrats hold a narrow majority of 54 seats to Republicans’ 46 seats.
Democrat John Warren is one of several candidates who filed Tuesday. He’s running against incumbent Suzanne Miles in the 7th House District.
Miles recently won a special election after former Rep. John Arnold resigned amid allegations he had sexually harassed female statehouse staffers.
Warren who works in Agriculture says he thinks the scandal shouldn't hurt his chances.
“That has nothing to do with me, and really nothing to do with the Democratic Party. That’s a personal issue he had, and you know, I wish John all the best," remarks Warren. "I guess sometimes people make decisions, hopefully for the right reason, some for the wrong. But anyway, I have nothing against John, and that’s totally none of my business.”
The Secretary of State must certify candidates’ names to county clerks by February 10.