2018 election

Ex-Kentucky House Speaker in Ethics Probe Runs Unopposed

Jan 31, 2018
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Kentucky's former House speaker, embroiled in an ethics investigation after acknowledging he signed a secret sexual harassment settlement, will face no opposition in his quest to win re-election in his heavily Republican district.

No one stepped forward before Tuesday's candidate filing deadline to challenge state Rep. Jeff Hoover in the rural district he has represented for two decades.

Hoover's unopposed path to re-election comes as Republicans look to solidify their dominance in the state legislature and unseat the only Kentucky Democrat left in Congress.

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The Republican secretary of Kentucky’s health cabinet has resigned her position to run for Congress in the heavily Democratic district that includes Louisville.

On Tuesday, Vickie Yates Brown Glisson filed to run for the seat currently held by Democratic Rep. John Yarmuth. He’s held the seat since 2007.

“I want Louisville to succeed,” Glisson said in an impromptu news conference shortly before the filing deadline. “I want Louisville to become a city that is strong and robust and a city where our citizens can succeed.”

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Nearly 300 candidates filed to run for a spot in the state legislature this year as all 100 seats in the state House of Representatives and half of the 38 seats in the state Senate are up for election.

Republicans currently have a 62-36 majority in the Kentucky House after gaining control of the chamber for the first time in nearly a century in 2016. Two seats are vacant and will be filled by a special election in February.

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Tuesday is the last day for candidates to file for election in Kentucky. Offices on the ballot this year include all 100 seats in the state House of Representatives, half of the 38 seats in the state Senate, as well as all six of Kentucky’s seats in the U.S. House of Representatives.

On Monday, more than 30 current elected officials and hopefuls filed paperwork with Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes’ office. A crush of candidates is expected to file shortly before 4 p.m. on Tuesday — the official deadline.

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