Kentucky Democrats are confident they can win retiring Republican Congressman Geoff Davis’s seat and plan to field a candidate to run next year.
The last Democrat to hold Kentucky 4th congressional district was Ken Lucas, who stepped down due to a self-imposed term limit in 2004. There more registered Democrats than Republicans in the district, but voters have traditionally elected Republicans.
Campbell County Democratic Party Chairman Paul Whalen says because it’s an open seat the party has a chance, which will help Democrats in their efforts win back control the House in 2012.
“It’s as important as any other congressional seat. Obviously, it will make a difference if the Democrats retake Congress, also it will strengthen our situation here statewide in Kentucky and perhaps it would even help elect some more Democrats to the legislature,” he says.
Republican state State Rep. Alecia Webb-Edgington announced Monday she is running in the GOP primary. According to CN/2 Pure Politics, Boone County Judge-Executive Gary Moore is also throwing his name into the Republican field.
Candidates being rumored are former party vice chairman Nathan Smith of Fort Mitchell, longtime Campbell County Commissioner Ken Rechtin and Kentucky Women’s Network President Linda Klembara of Fort Thomas.