Bingham defeats Branscum in Dem state house primary

Published 9:22 pm Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Chantel Bingham will face incumbent Republican Rep. Daniel Fister in November after winning House District 56’s Democratic primary election Tuesday night with 66% of the vote.

The pair will vie for votes in the state house district covering Woodford County and parts of Franklin and Jessamine counties.

Bingham is an active community member who serves on the Versailles City Council and is the first Black woman to serve as the Housing Authority of Versailles executive director.

Her campaign platform focused on getting state retirees a cost-of-living adjustment, protecting women’s reproductive health and rejuvenating the district.

Bingham handily bested Democratic opponent Dencia Branscum for her party’s spot with a 22-point margin.

Branscum is a former state employee and an animal adoption advocate. Earlier Tuesday, she told Bluegrass Live she was sure it would be a close race.

“I am glad that we have run a good positive candidate and no matter who wins I hope we can flip this seat in the fall,” Branscum said.

Fister, a Versailles Republican and farmer, has served two terms in the state legislature. He currently serves as vice chair of the House Agriculture Committee.

Branscum tied with Bingham in Franklin County results, but fell behind in Woodford and Jessamine counties.