The Green Papers: Kentucky 2017 General Election
 
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Elections for Statewide offices and Congress
Senators:2(Electoral Classes 2 and 3)
Governor:1 
2010 Census:4,350,606 (1.40% of 309,785,186)
2012, 2016, 2020 Electoral Votes:8(1.49% of 538)
2012-2020 Representatives:6(1.38% of 435)
Capital:Frankfort
 

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Kentucky State and Local Government


27 January 2017: HB 81 and SB 52 have been introduced to move elections for statewide executive offices from the odd year prior to a Presidential election year to Presidential election years. Statewide offices up for election in 2019 would have 5 year terms (to 2024). After that, there would be no statewide off year elections.

 
           

U.S. Senate  6 year term. No Term Limit. 115th Senate  Senate Electoral Classes

Class 2 Republican Senator  Mitch McConnell
First elected: 1984; re-elected: 1990, 1996, 2002, 2008, 2014
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 3 November 2020
 Candidate list (1)
  Candidate Republican     Karl Das
FEC S0KY00263

Class 3 Republican Senator  Rand Paul
First elected: 2010; re-elected: 2016.
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2022

Governor  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2015, 2019. Term Limit: 2 consecutive 4-year terms, All Governors

  Republican Governor  Matthew Griswold "Matt" Bevin
First elected: 2015
Chair up for regular election: Tuesday 5 November 2019
The current Governor is unaffected by the State's term limit.

Lieutenant Governor  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2015, 2019. Elected on a ticket with Governor; no separate Primary for Lt Gov from Gov

  Republican Lieutenant Governor Jenean Hampton
First elected: 2015
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 5 November 2019

115th U.S. House of Representatives  2-year term. Election Cycle 2018, 2020. No Term Limit. 115th House
Partisan Composition (primary disposition):
5 Republican (5 Undetermined);
1 Democratic (1 Undetermined)

Incumbent - 115th Congress
CD 1 Republican Congressman  James R. Comer
First elected in a Special [re: 6 September 2016 resignation of Congressman Wayne Edward "Ed" Whitfield (Republican)] and General Election: 8 November 2016
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
 Candidate list (2) - 116th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     Samuel Lewis "Sam" Gaskins
FEC H8KY01066
  Candidate Republican     Congressman  James R. Comer
FEC H6KY01110; 30 Jun 17; Tot $191,123; Dsb $94,946

Incumbent - 115th Congress
CD 2 Republican Congressman  Steven Brett "Brett" Guthrie
First elected: 2008
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
 Candidate list (2) - 116th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     Grant Short
FEC H8KY02072; 30 Jun 17; Tot $5; Dsb $0
  Candidate Republican     Congressman  Steven Brett "Brett" Guthrie
FEC H8KY02031; 30 Jun 17; Tot $573,535; Dsb $313,770

Incumbent - 115th Congress
CD 3 Democratic Congressman  John A. Yarmuth
First elected: 2006
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
 Candidate list (2) - 116th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     Congressman  John A. Yarmuth
FEC H6KY03124; 30 Jun 17; Tot $87,161; Dsb $166,115
  Candidate Republican     Waymen Eddings

Incumbent - 115th Congress
CD 4 Republican Congressman  Thomas H. Massie
First elected in special election to the 112th Congress and a concurrent regular election to the 113th Congress: 6 November 2012
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
 Candidate list (3) - 116th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     Sayre Christian O'Cull
FEC H8KY04128; 30 Jun 17; Tot $1; Dsb $0
  Candidate Republican     Congressman  Thomas H. Massie
FEC H2KY04121; 30 Jun 17; Tot $47,362; Dsb $47,244
  Candidate American Solidarity     Joshua Matthias Neace
FEC H8KY04136

Incumbent - 115th Congress
CD 5 Republican Congressman Harold Dallas "Hal" Rogers
First elected: 1980
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
 Candidate list (1) - 116th Congress
  Candidate Republican     Congressman Harold Dallas "Hal" Rogers
FEC H0KY05015; 30 Jun 17; Tot $133,468; Dsb $161,988

Incumbent - 115th Congress
CD 6 Republican Congressman  Garland "Andy" Barr
First elected: 2012
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
 Candidate list (4) - 116th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     Amy McGrath
FEC H8KY06164; 30 Jun 17; Tot $35,593; Dsb $17,069
  Candidate Democratic     state Senator  Reginald Leonard "Reggie" Thomas
FEC H8KY06156
  Candidate Democratic     Geoffrey M. "Geoff" Young
FEC H4KY06163; 30 Jun 17; Tot $402; Dsb $10,775
  Candidate Republican     Congressman  Garland "Andy" Barr
FEC H0KY06104; 30 Jun 17; Tot $782,708; Dsb $163,426

Secretary of State  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2015, 2019

  Democratic Secretary of State  Alison Lundergan Grimes
First elected: 2011; re-elected: 2015
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 5 November 2019

Attorney General  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2015, 2019

  Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear
First elected: 2015
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 5 November 2019

Treasurer  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2015, 2019

  Republican Treasurer Allison Ball
First elected: 2015
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 5 November 2019

Auditor of Public Accounts  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2015, 2019

  Republican Auditor of Public Accounts Mike Harmon
First elected: 2011; re-elected: 2015
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 5 November 2019

Commissioner of Agriculture  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2015, 2019

  Alaskan Independence Agriculture Commissioner  Ryan F. Quarles
First elected: 2015
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 5 November 2019
 

Political Parties    Parties appear in parenthesis and italics when a candidate receives the endorsement of a given Party and/or official sources indicate a candidate's association with a particular Party but only where the Party in question does not appear on the actual ballot as such.

Major Parties
  Democratic (affiliates): 3 incumbents, 7 candidates
  Republican: 11 incumbents, 7 candidates
Major Third Parties
  Constitution (affiliates)
  Green (affiliates)
  Libertarian
Other Third Parties
  Alaskan Independence: 1 incumbent
  American Solidarity: 1 candidate
  Justice Party
  Right to Life
  Unity
 
Candidates running under the banner of more than one party are counted towards each party's total. A candidate who has lost a primary or is apparently no longer a candidate is not counted.

Notes

Candidates for office appear on this page in italics where 'The Green Papers' does not yet have independent confirmation from a legal election authority that the person has been officially certified to appear on the ballot.

"Apparently not a candidate" indicates that someone we once listed as a candidate for an elective office will not, in fact, be running for that office (primarily because said candidate is not listed on an official ballot provided by a jurisdiction's election authorities, where that candidate has not previously withdrawn his/her candidacy or otherwise indicated no longer [or even ever] being a candidate for that office).

Primary dates marked "presumably" and polling times marked "reportedly" are based on unofficial or estimated data (especially as regards local variations from a jurisdictionwide statutory and/or regulatory standard) and are, thereby, subject to change.

"FEC" indicates the Federal Election Commission (FEC) Campaign Finance Summary.

When available, we post each candidate's FEC identification number, the date of their most recently filed Report of Receipts and Disbursements, their "Tot" [Total Receipts (contributions received or what came in: FEC Form 3, Line 16, Column B)] and their "Dsb" [Total Disbursements (expenditures or what was spent: FEC Form 3, Line 23, Column B)]. A link is provided to the Federal Election Commission's Summary Report for those who might wish to explore the details.

If a candidate raises or spends $5,000 or less, he or she is not subject to FEC reporting requirements.


Links Links to other web sites

Constitution   Links to State Constitutions
  http://www.lrc.state.ky.us/Legresou/Constitu/intro.htm
Election Authority
  Kentucky Registry of Election Finance
  Kentucky Secretary of State - Elections
  State Board of Elections
Legislature   Links to State Legislatures
  Kentucky Legislature
  Kentucky Legislature
Democratic
  Kentucky Democratic Party
Republican
  Republican Party of Kentucky
Third Party
  Constitution Party of Kentucky
  Justice Party of Kentucky
  Kentucky Green Party
  Kentucky Right to Life Association
  Libertarian Party of Kentucky
  The Unity Party of Kentucky
Media & others
  Bowling Green Daily News
  Central Kentucky News-Journal - Campbellsville
  Jefferson Review - Louisville
  Lexington Herald-Leader
  Messenger-Inquirer - Owensboro
  Page One - Politics in Kentucky
  Politics1.com - Kentucky
  State Journal - Frankfort
  The Advocate Messenger - Danville
  The Courier-Journal - Louisville
  The Evansville Courier & Press
  The Gleaner - Henderson
  The Kentucky Post - Covington
  The Kentucky Standard - Bardstown
  The Ledger Independent - Maysville
  The Ledger Independent - Maysville
  The News-Enterprise - Elizabethtown
  The Paducah Sun - Paducah
  The Times Leader - Princeton
  The Vermont Cynic
  The Winchester Sun
  WAVE TV - NBC - Louisville
  WBKO TV - ABC - Bowling Green
  WDRB TV - FOX - Louisville
  WHAS TV - ABC - Louisville
  WKYT & WYMT TV - CBS - Lexington
  WLKY TV - CBS - Louisville
  WTVQ - ABC - Lexington

 


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