Incumbents Lead Fundraising in Local House Races

Oct 20, 2016


According to recent postings on the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance website, local state Representatives running for re-election this year are out-fundraising their opponents by a mostly wide margin.

One exception is in the 1st District House race where incumbent Republican Steven Rudy has raised nearly $37,000, but his challenger - Democrat Michael Murphy - is close, with more than $34,000 raised.

Rep. Jeff Taylor of Hopkinsville leads all local House candidates with more than $67,000 raised. His opponent, Republican Walker Thomas, has raised less than $14,000.

In the 5th District race, Representative Kenny Imes has raised nearly $60,000, while Democrat David Ramey has raised around $19,000.

Rep. Richard Heath of Mayfield has raised more than $32,000 in his bid for a third term in Frankfort, while Democratic challenger Jesse Wright has raised just under $12,000.

Republican Paula Robinson, who is running against state Rep. Will Coursey in the 6th District, has netted just over $6,300. Coursey has more than $47,000 on hand according to an October 7 posting.

Democrat Gerald Watkins of Paducah has raised more than $41,000 in his re-election bid. Watkins' opponent, Republican Joni Hogancamp, did not yet have an updated posting on the KREF website, as of Thursday afternoon.