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James Comer Joins Race for First District Congressional Seat

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 Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer is joining a growing field of Republican candidates seeking the first district congressional seat of retiring Congressman Ed Whitfield. Comer went public with his intentions today.

With discord growing among the Republican Party in Congress, Comer said it is time for a new generation of leaders to emerge.

“We need people that are willing to fight for the working middle class,” Comer said. “We need people that are willing to stand up to the special interests and vote the way that the taxpayers of Kentucky want them to vote.”

He said he will not let the contentious climate among the Republican Party in Congress keep him from his style of politics.

“I’m a strong conservative. But I’m willing to work with people to move America forward,” Comer said. “And it doesn’t matter if it’s a democrat idea or a republican idea. We need to work together and that’s what my record’s been about in the public and private sectors and that’s the kind of congressman I’ll be.”

Comer said he has a record of bipartisanship that would serve well in producing a balanced budget, one of his top priorities.

Regarding the recent controversy over federal funding of Planned Parenthood, Comer said it is important avoid a government shutdown but said “we absolutely cannot spend money on things like Planned Parenthood.”

Comer joins Whitfield’s long-time district director Michael Pape in the Republican Primary. Hickman County Attorney Jason Batts is also joining the field and will hold a news conference Thursday. No Democrats have made their intentions known.

Chad Lampe, a Poplar Bluff, Missouri native, was raised on radio. He credits his father, a broadcast engineer, for his technical knowledge, and his mother for the gift of gab. At ten years old he broke all bonds of the FCC and built his own one watt pirate radio station. His childhood afternoons were spent playing music and interviewing classmates for all his friends to hear. At fourteen he began working for the local radio stations, until he graduated high school. He earned an undergraduate degree in Psychology at Murray State, and a Masters Degree in Mass Communication. In November, 2011, Chad was named Station Manager in 2016.
A proud native of Murray, Kentucky, Allison grew up roaming the forests of western Kentucky and visiting national parks across the country. She graduated in 2014 from Murray State University where she studied Environmental Sustainability, Television Production, and Spanish. She loves meeting new people, questioning everything, and dancing through the sun and the rain. She hopes to make a positive impact in this world several endeavors at a time.
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