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Jesse Wright

Mayfield attorney Jesse Wright is once again running for the Democratic nomination to represent the Kentucky House of Representatives’ 2nd District.

Republican Richard Heath is seeking his third term in Frankfort. Wright and Heath went head-to-head in the 2014 general election, with Heath winning nearly 60 percent of the vote.

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  As Kentucky’s Republicans hope to take control of the state House of Representatives by electing a majority this fall, second district incumbent Richard Heath (R) is in a fight for his seat with  Jesse Wright (D).  At this weekend’s Fancy Farm Picnic Heath and Wright tangled over who would be a better advocate for their district which encompasses Graves County and southern McCracken.

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Mayfield attorney Jesse Wright says he’ll run for the 2nd District state House seat held by first term Republican incumbent Richard Heath. 

The Democrat is an alumnus of Mayfield High School, the University of Kentucky, and Georgia State.  He has practiced law in Mayfield since moving back to the region in 2011. 

Kentucky Second District Congressman Brett Guthrie announced he is running for re-election next year, but made it clear he is bypassing a bid for governor in 2015.

Guthrie is a Republican from Bowling Green who has represented the district covering parts of western and central Kentucky since January 2009.

"We are fighting in Washington to balance the federal budget, to cut wasteful spending, and to create an environment where small businesses can create good paying jobs," he says. "My work in Congress is all about providing opportunity. I am passionate about improving the economy, cultivating educational opportunity for people of all ages, and getting our nation’s finances under control."

The GOP lawmaker was a top contender for the party's nomination in the 2015 gubernatorial contest. But Guthrie clarified he is not interested in statewide office and will keep his full attention on representing the state in Washington.

"I am not running for any state office in 2015, although I was humbled by the number of people who asked me to run for governor," he says. "I went to Washington solve big problems and to leave a better America behind for the next generation. I’ve spent every day doing that and I feel that my time and energy is best spent on solving the big financial and economic problems we face as a nation."

WKMS News’ regional political coverage continues with two forums originally aired last week.  First, Paducah and McCracken County residents decide next month whether or not to combine their two governments.  It’s a contentious issue, and we’ll sort out the pros and cons with Paducah businessman John Williams, Jr. and McCracken County Judge-Executive Van Newberry on today’s program.

Whitaker wins 2nd district Democratic nomination

May 22, 2012

Mayfield pharmacist Kelly Whitaker is the Democratic candidate for the 2nd District State House seat after beating former Mayfield Mayor Arthur Byrn last night. 

Graves County Business Owner Richard Heath is the Republican nominee for the 2nd District State House seat. Heath defeated fellow republican Patrick Fisher last night in the race to serve Graves County and a portion of McCracken. 

Election Returns

May 22, 2012

All Kentucky counties reporting. Listen to Morning Edition with Todd Hatton to hear a full digest of tonight's returns.

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May 11, 2012
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Four Rivers Region:

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Western Kentucky’s economic growth is a hot topic among the candidates for the 2nd district State Representative. At a public forum in Graves County last night, Republican candidate Patrick Fisher said stimulating business in the region is going to take both self-improvement and effective networking with outside businesses.

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