Quick Takes

Here’s who has filed to run in Kentucky for state lawmaker seats and U.S. Congress so far

By: - November 21, 2023 12:11 pm

(Getty Images)

Would-be candidates for the Kentucky General Assembly, U.S. Congress and a host of local offices have until Jan. 5, 2024 to file to appear on the primary election ballot, according to the State Board of Elections 2024 calendar.

Kentucky voters will decide dozens of elections next November, including who will represent them in the U.S. Congress and in Frankfort. So far, a mix of challengers and incumbents — including U.S. Reps. Hal Rogers and Morgan McGarvey — have submitted candidacy papers. Americans will also be electing a president next year.

As of Tuesday, Nov. 21, these candidates have filed with the Kentucky secretary of state to run in the May 21 primary. 

U.S. House of Representatives

2nd Congressional District

William Dakota Compton, of Bowling Green, Democratic Party

Hank Linderman, of Falls of Rough, Democratic Party

3rd Congressional District

Morgan McGarvey, of Louisville, Democratic Party, Incumbent

5th Congressional District

Hal Rogers, of Somerset, Republican Party, Incumbent

Kentucky House of Represenatives

Inside the Kentucky Capitol. (Photo by Getty Images)

4th District

Wade Williams, of Earlington, Republican Party, Incumbent

5th District

Mary Beth Imes, of Murray, Republican Party, Incumbent

8th District

Walker Wood Thomas, of Hopkinsville, Republican Party, Incumbent

14th District

Scott Lewis, of Beaver Dam, Republican Party, Incumbent 

17th District 

Robert B. Duvall, of Bowling Green, Republican Party, Incumbent

19th District

Michael Lee Meredith, of Oakland, Republican Party, Incumbent

20th District

Kevin L. Jackson, of Bowling Green, Republican Party, Incumbent

21st District

Amy Neighbors, of Edmonton, Republican Party, Incumbent

36th District

John F. Hodgson, of Fisherville, Republican Party, Incumbent

39th District

Ryan Stanford, of Nicholasville, Democratic Party

Matt Lockett, of Nicholasville, Republican Party, Incumbent

44th District

Beverly D. Chester-Burton, of Shively, Democratic Party, Incumbent

47th District

Robb Adams, of Carrollton, Democratic Party

48th District

Ken Fleming, of Louisville, Republican Party, Incumbent

49th District 

Thomas Huff, of Shepherdsville, Republican Party, Incumbent

55th District

Kim King, of Harrodsburg, Republican Party, Incumbent

56th District

Daniel A. Fister, of Versailles, Republican Party, Incumbent

71st District

Josh Bray, of Mt. Vernon, Republican Party, Incumbent

73rd District

Ryan Dotson, of Winchester, Republican Party, Incumbent

86th District

Tom O’dell Smith, of Gray, Republican Party, Incumbent

88th District

Vanessa Grossl, of Georgetown, Republican Party

90th District

Derek Lewis, of London, Republican Party, Incumbent

97th District

Bobby W. McCool, of Van Lear, Republican Party, Incumbent

Kentucky Senate

Looking up from the Kentucky Capitol Rotunda. (Getty Images)

3rd District

Craig B. Richardson, of Hopkinsville, Republican Party

5th District

Stephen Meredith, of Leitchfield, Republican Party, Incumbent

13th District

Reggie Thomas, of Lexington, Democratic Party, Incumbent

15th District

Rick Girdler, of Somerset, Republican Party, Incumbent

21st District 

Brandon J. Storm, of London, Republican Party, Incumbent

27th District

Molly Gene Crain, of Lexington, Democratic Party

29th District

Les Stapleton, of Prestonsburg, Republican Party

Johnnie L. Turner, of Baxter, Republican Party, Incumbent

Justice of the Supreme Court

5th District

Pamela R. Goodwine, of Lexington

Kentucky Supreme Court chambers. (Getty Images)


Our stories may be republished online or in print under Creative Commons license CC BY-NC-ND 4.0. We ask that you edit only for style or to shorten, provide proper attribution and link to our web site. Please see our republishing guidelines for use of photos and graphics.

McKenna Horsley
McKenna Horsley

McKenna Horsley covers state politics for the Kentucky Lantern. She previously worked for newspapers in Huntington, West Virginia, and Frankfort, Kentucky. She is from northeastern Kentucky.