Kentucky House: Races to Watch


kentucky-house-senate-races-to-watch_blogAs Election Day approaches, we are highlighting the races to watch in key battleground legislative chambers. Here, we feature the Kentucky House of Representatives. 
 
Gaining control of the Kentucky House secures a Republican government trifecta in the state of Kentucky and eliminates the last stronghold of Democratic control in the South. Democrats currently hold 53 seats and Republicans hold 47, but with all 100 seats up for election, Republicans only need to gain four seats to win a majority. 
 

 

Here are the Republican candidates to watch: 
 
Incumbents
State House District 12 – Jim Gooch (R) vs. Jim Townsend (D) 
State House District 38 – Denver “Denny” Butler (R) vs. McKenzie Cantrell (D) 
State House District 74 – David Hale (R) vs. James Davis (D)
 
Challengers
State House District 3 – Joni Hogancamp (R) vs. Gerald Watkins (D)
State House District 11 – Robby Mills (R) vs. David Watkins (D)
State House District 14 – Matt Castlen (R) vs. Tommy Thompson (D)
State House District 16 – Jason Petrie (R) vs. Martha King (D)
State House District 24 – William Brandon Reed (R) vs. Terry Mills (D)
State House District 62 – Phillip Pratt (R) vs. Chuck Tackett (D)
State House District 78 – Mark Hart (R) vs. Thomas McKee (D)
State House District 84 – Chris Fugate (R) vs. Fitz Steele (D) 
State House District 91 – Toby Herald (R) vs. Cluster Howard (D)
State House District 92 – John Blanton (R) vs. John Short (D)
State House District 95 – Larry Brown (R) vs. Greg Stumbo (D)
 
Open Seats 
State House District 23 – Steve Riley (R) vs. Danny J. Basil (D)
State House District 50 – Chad McCoy (R) vs. James DeWeese (D) 
State House District 70 – John VanMeter (R) vs. John Sims, Jr. (D) 
State House District 94 – Frank Justice II (R) vs. Angie Hatton (D) 
 
Control of the Kentucky House will help Republicans pass conservative legislation on issues like right-to-work, wages, pensions, and the state-budget. 
 
As Aristotle said, “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” Every legislative chamber matters, and GOPAC is committed to having strong Republican majorities in every legislative chamber around the country.