The republican party has a strong showing at this year's Fancy Farm Picnic. Less than 20 minutes are left to the start of the political speaking. Agriculture Commissioner James Comer will emcee, and U. S. Sen. Mitch McConnell will lead off the slate of politicians and candidates.
Republicans are hoping to cinch a big victory in western Kentucky, with five open races in the general election.
Four of those candidates are featured at this year's Fancy Farm Picnic political stump speaking. In the 1st District State Senate race, Trigg County Judge-Executive Stan Humphries is the republican nominee. He faces former U. S. Congressman Carroll Hubbard, a Paducah lawyer who ran unsuccessfully for the 1st District seat in 2008, against incumbent republican Ken Winters.
Humphries supporters have outpaced Hubbard supporters in political signs. Red “Elect Stan Humphries” signs dotted the roadside in the eight-mile drive between Mayfield and its tiny Graves County neighbor. At the picnic, Humphries T-shirts are plentiful. But what Hubbard lacks in signage, he makes up for in name recognition, having hobnobbed with Democratic supporters across the first District for the past several years in his first bid.
Another hot local race is between republican Richard Heath, a Mayfield business owner, and democrat Kelly Whitaker, a member of the Graves County School Board. They face off for the 2nd District State Representative seat vacated by Rep. Fred Nesler, of Mayfield. Both candidates had heavy sign placement on the road to Fancy Farm, and their debate at the end of the stump speaking is expected to fire up the Graves County crowd.
Another republican, Congressman Ed Whitfield is up for re-election, and faces little-known opponent Charles Hatchett. Whitfield is a strong candidate, and expected to be re-elected to a 10th term in office.