Wednesday, January 10, 2018

You Have 16 - No! Just 12 - Days Left to Save the Nation From Repug Tyranny

16 Calendar days, but just 12 actual days that the Secretary of State's Office in the Capitol is open to accept candidate filings.  Monday's a state holiday and it will be closed.

Also, the office is open just from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays and since the lege is in session, parking is at a premium.  Keep that in mind.

Meanwhile, there are Democratic incumbent seats now open!  Might be easier to beat a repug, but only if you get past the likely crowd in the primary.

From Jack Brammer at the Herald:

Two veteran state House Democrats — Jody Richards of Bowling Green, who was House speaker for a record 14 years, and Darryl Owens of Louisville — announced Monday that they won’t seek re-election this year.

So far, eight Democratic House incumbents have said publicly that they won’t run this year for another two-year House term. That means it will be harder for Democrats to cut into the substantial 64-36 margin that Republicans hold in the House, because Democrats will have to find candidates to try to replace the incumbents.

Three House Republicans have said they won’t seek re-election this year. They are Jim DeCesare of Bowling Green, Marie Rader of McKee and William Wells of West Liberty.

Besides Richards and Owens, House Democrats not filing for re-election are Steve Riggs of Louisville, Gerald Watkins of Paducah, Will Coursey of Symsonia, Arnold Simpson of Covington, Rick Nelson of Middlesboro and Jim Wayne of Louisville. Rep. James Kay, D-Versailles, has been mentioned as a possible candidate this year for Woodford County judge-executive, but he hasn’t publicly announced his candidacy.
 These seats are begging for new Democratic candidates.  Run, goddammit!  Run!

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