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KENTUCKY

Your complete directory of Kentucky candidates for Governor, United State Senator and Congress in the current election cycle ... state political parties ... the official state election office ... and state news sources.

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John Y Brown Jr - 1979

ELECTION CALENDAR:
Filing Deadline (Major Parties): January 6, 2023
Filing Deadline (Third Parties & Independents): April 3, 2023
Filing Deadline (Write-In Candidates): October 27, 2023
Primary: May 16, 2023
General: November 7, 2023

Filing Deadline (Major Parties): January 5, 2024
Filing Deadline (Third Parties & Independents): April 3, 2024
Filing Deadline (Write-In Candidates): October 25, 2024
Primary: May 21, 2024
CANDIDATE DIRECTORY LEGEND:
Bold = Active Candidate
Italics = Potential Candidate
* = Incumbent
won = Winner
(Incumbent Party Listed First)

This page was last updated on January 24, 2023


STATE CONSTITUTIONAL OFFICERS:

GOVERNOR:
(Note: Governor & Lt. Governor candidates run together on tickets in the general election.)
Andy Beshear (D)* - (Campaign Site)
Peppy Martin (D) - Public Relations Executive, Ex-Republican & Frequent Candidate
Geoff Young (D) - Retired State Employee & Frequent Candidate
Daniel Cameron (R) - Attorney General & Ex-Congressional Aide
Jacob Clark (R) - Engineer & '22 St Rep Candidate
David Cooper (R) - Blue Collar Worker, Pastor & National Guardsman
Kelly Craft (R) - Ex-US Ambassador to the United Nations & Businesswoman
Eric Deters (R) - Disbarred Attorney, Law Firm Office Manager & Podcast Host
Robert DeVore (R) - Ex-McCreary School Board Member, Retiree & Frequent Candidate
Mike Harmon (R) - State Auditor, Ex-State Rep. & '11 Lt Gov Candidate
Alan Keck (R) - Somerset Mayor & Sports Agent
Dennis Ray Ormerod (R)
Ryan Quarles (R) - State Agriculture Commissioner & Ex-State Rep.
Johnny Ray Rice (R) - Ex-Police Officer & Militia Activist
Robbie Smith (R) - Teacher

Next State Constitutional Officer Elections in 2023.

Fletcher - Rudolph 2007

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR:
Jacqueline Coleman (D)*

SECRETARY OF STATE:
Michael Adams (R)* - (Campaign Site)
Steve Knipper (R) - Ex-Erlanger City Councilman, Project Manager & '15/'19 Candidate
Allen Maricle (R) - Ex-State Rep., Political Consultant & Ex-Broadcasting Executive
Buddy Wheatley (D) - Ex-State Rep., Attorney & Retired Covington Fire Chief

ATTORNEY GENERAL:
[ Daniel Cameron (R)* - Candidate for Governor in 2023. ]
Russell Coleman (R) - Ex-US Attorney, Ex-Congressional Aide & Ex-FBI Agent
Pam Stevenson (D) - State Rep., Attorney & Retired USAF Colonel

STATE TREASURER:
[ Allison Ball (R)* - Candidate for State Auditor in 2023. ]
Andrew Cooperrider (R) - Coffeeshop Owner & '22 St Sen Candidate
Mark Metcalf (R) - Garrand County Attorney & Army Reserve Officer
O.J. Oleka (R) - AIKCU President, Ex-Deputy State Treasurer & Ex-Teacher
Michael Bowman (D) - Bank Manger, '19 Nominee & '18 Co Clerk Candidate

Martha Layne Collins

STATE AUDITOR:
[ Mike Harmon (R)* - Candidate for Governor in 2023. ]
Allison Ball (R) - State Treasurer & Attorney
Derek Petteys (R) - Flooring Contractor, '22 US Rep Candidate & '20 US Sen Candidate
Kim Reeder (D) - Attorney

STATE AGRICULTURE COMMISSIONER:
[ Ryan Quarles (R)* - Candidate for Governor in 2023. ]
Richard Heath (R) - State Rep., Construction Company Owner & '15 Candidate
Jonathan Shell (R) - Ex-State House Majority Leader & Farmer
Sierra Enlow (D) - Economic Development Consultant & Democratic Activist
Mikael Malone (D)


Julian Carroll - 1975

KENTUCKY LEGISLATURE:

State House

State Senate


U.S. SENATOR:

Mitch McConnell (R)* - (Campaign Site) - (Senate Leadership Site) - Next Election in 2026.
Michael Adams (R) - Secretary of State, Attorney & Ex-Congressional Aide
Andy Barr (R) - Congressman, Attorney & Ex-Gubernatorial Aider
Daniel Cameron (R) - Attorney General & Ex-Congressional Aide
Kelly Craft (R) - Ex-US Ambassador to the United Nations & Businesswoman
Brett Guthrie (R) - Congressman, Ex-State Sen & Businessman
Thomas Massie (R) - Congressman & Ex-Lewis County Judge-Executive

Jim Bunning - 2004

Rand Paul (R)* - (Campaign Site) - Next Election in 2028.


U.S. CONGRESS:

District 1:
James Comer (R)* - (Campaign Site)

District 2:
Brett Guthrie (R)* - (Campaign Site)

Anne Northup

District 3:
Morgan McGarvey (D)* - (Campaign Site)

District 4:
Thomas Massie (R)* - (Campaign Site)

Walter "Dee" Huddleston - 1980

District 5:
Hal Rogers (R)* - (Campaign Site)
Dana Edwards (R) - Surgeon
Rich Van Dam (D) - Physician & '22 Candidate

District 6:
Andy Barr (R)* - (Campaign Site)



Gatewood Galbraith

STATE POLITICAL PARTIES:

Constitution Party of Kentucky (C)
Kentucky Democratic Party (D)
Green Party of Kentucky (G)
Libertarian Party of Kentucky (L)
Republican Party of Kentucky (R)
Unity Party of Kentucky (U)
Independent (I)
Write-In (WI)


Scotty Baesler - 1998

STATE ELECTION OFFICES:

Secretary of State's Office

State Board of Elections

Kentucky Registry of Election Finance


Jones - Patton - 1991

STATE NEWS SOURCES:

Bowling Green Daily News
Central Kentucky News-Journal
Corbin Times-Tribune
Danville Advocate-Messenger
Elizabethtown News Enterprise
Frankfort State Journal
Henderson Gleaner
Jefferson Review (Libertarian)
Jewish Louisville Community Newspaper
Kentucky Fried Politics
Kentucky Standard (Bardstown)
Kentucky Today (Baptist)
Lexington Herald-Leader
Link NKy
Louisville Courier-Journal
Louisville Eccentric Observer / LEO Weekly (Alternative)
Maysville Ledger-Independent
Northern Kentucky Tribune
Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer
Paducah Sun
Princeton Times Leader
The Record (Catholic)
Winchester Sun

Mary Louise Foust - 1980

KET - Kentucky Educational Television (PBS)
Louisville Public Media (PBS / NPR)
Spectrum News 1 - Kentucky
WBKO TV-13 (ABC - Bowling Green)
WLEX TV-18 (NBC - Lexington)
WKYT TV-27 (CBS - Lexington)
WTVQ TV-36 (ABC - Lexington)
WDKY TV-56 (FOX - Lexington)
WAVE TV-3 (NBC - Louisville)
WDRB TV-41 (FOX - Louisville)
WHAS TV-11 (ABC - Louisville)
WLKY TV-32 (CBS - Louisville)
WPSD TV-6 (NBC - Paducah)
WFPL Public Radio (NPR - Louisville)

Steve Nunn for Governor - 2003

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