Candidates file to run in Kentucky’s congressional elections

Published 1:47 pm Thursday, December 28, 2023

Kentucky’s six U.S. Representatives are up for re-election next year, and most will face at least one competitor.

According to the Kentucky Secretary of State’s office, 14 candidates have filed to run for election or reelection. The primary election will be held May 21, 2024, and the general election is Nov. 5.

District 1

U.S. Rep. James Comer represents District 1, which includes the westernmost part of Kentucky before hooking up to reach Frankfort. He has served since 2016, after time as Kentucky’s agricultural commissioner.

So far, nobody has filed to run against Comer, who is currently leading the investigation into Hunter Biden as the chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Accountability.

District 2

U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie represents District 2, which covers portions of central and southcentral Kentucky west and south of Jefferson County, including Bowling Green.

He has served since 2009, after nearly a decade as a state senator.

Two Democrats will compete in the primary. William Dakota Compton, who lives in Bowling Green, is a string orchestra teacher at Warren East High School and several elementary schools. He said he wants to provide raises for teachers and more resources to students.

Hank Linderman, who lives in Falls of Rough, helped create The Contract for Rural & Working America, which describes his goals for government, including passage of Medicare for All and the Green New Deal.

Both have run for office before. Linderman ran in 2018, 2020 and 2022 after winning primary elections. Compton lost the primary in 2022.

District 3

U.S. Rep. Morgan McGarvey represents District 3, which consists of most of Jefferson County.

He was elected in 2022, after serving as Kentucky Senate minority leader from 2019 to 2023.

Two Democrats will challenge McGarvey — Jared Randall and Geoffrey Young. Young has run for several political offices before, including governor in 2015 and 2023 and the District 6 House seat in 2016 and 2018.

District 4

U.S. Rep.Thomas Massie represents District 4, which covers Northern Kentucky.

He has served since 2012, after serving as judge executive of Lewis County.

Nobody has filed to run against him yet, but former governor candidate Eric Deters has floated the idea previously.

District 5

U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers represents District 5, which includes most of eastern Kentucky.

In 2019, Rogers tied as the U.S. representative with the longest tenure — 38 years. He is a member and former chairman of the House Appropriations Committee.

Two other Republicans will challenge him in the primary. Dr. Dana Edwards, who lives in Manchester, said he would join the Freedom Caucus.

David Kraftchak Jr., who lives in London, said he would work to reopen coal mines in southeastern Kentucky, establish more trade schools, reform the prison system and raise teacher pay.

District 6

U.S. Rep. Andy Barr represents District 6, which covers portions of central and eastern Kentucky centered around Lexington.

He entered office in 2013, with previous experience as an attorney for former Gov. Ernie Fletcher. Barr is the chairman of the subcommittee on financial institutions and monetary policy, part of the committee on financial services.

He will face Democratic opposition in the general election. Democrats Jonathan Richardson and Shauna Rudd, both from Lexington, will face off in the primary election this May.