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This report is part of a series produced by WKMS News highlighting races appearing on the 2020 general election ballot. Other parts of this series published thus far include a voter guide for state legislative races and a report on the proposed constitutional amendment for judicial reform. 

Kentucky Legislative Research Commission

WKMS News sent an issues survey to candidates vying for seats in the Kentucky state representative and state senate races in our coverage area for the Nov. 3 general election. The survey for candidates included questions on police reform and coronavirus response, as well as the opportunity to elaborate on which issues candidates want to address within their district. Candidate coverage was based on timely response to the election survey. Below are the responses:

Amy McGrath via Facebook, Official Headshot

  Mitch McConnell and Amy McGrath squared off in the only debate of Kentucky’s U.S. Senate race on Monday night, arguing over the federal response to the coronavirus pandemic and partisan politics.


McGrath, a retired Marine fighter pilot, blamed McConnell for not passing a new coronavirus relief bill after the Democratic-led House advanced one in late May, calling McConnell’s behavior an “absolute dereliction of duty.”


screenshot Kentucky Sample Ballot / Kentucky Secretary of State

Kentuckians are voting on a proposed change to the state constitution that would extend terms for commonwealth’s attorneys and district court judges, as well as raise the experience requirement to become a district court judge.

screenshot / Paducah Chamber of Commerce

Candidates for Paducah’s mayoral office and the District 3 State Representative seat faced off in a candidate forum today hosted by the Paducah Chamber of Commerce. Each responded to a range of issues posed by commerce members and local media.

Jeff Young / Ohio Valley Resource

Governors, Secretaries of State, and other state and local election officials throughout the Ohio Valley are preparing for an unprecedented election during a global pandemic. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced local governments to change practices that have been the same for decades, and to do so in a highly charged political environment.