Congressman Ed Whitfield

Adam Elliott

While Democrat Sam Gaskins is running unopposed in the race to represent Kentucky's 1st Congressional District, Republican voters will choose between three candidates in the May 17 primary. Rep. Ed Whitfield, an 11-term incumbent, is retiring.

John Null spoke with those Republican candidates this week, including Hickman County Attorney Jason Batts. To hear the conversation with Whitfield's former field director, Mike Pape, click here. For former Kentucky agriculture commissioner James Comer's interview, click here.

Mike Pape for Congress, via Facebook

With 11-term U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield retiring, three Republican candidates are vying for their party's nomination to represent Kentucky's 1st Congressional District - including Whitfield's longtime field director, Mike Pape.

John Null spoke with Pape as part of a series of interviews with the Republican candidates ahead of the May 17 primary. Hickman County Attorney Jason Batts' interview will air Friday on WKMS. For James Comer's interview, click here. Democrat Sam Gaskins is running unopposed.

Sam Gaskins for Congress, via Facebook

Citing health reasons, Paducah attorney Tom Osborne has dropped out of the race to succeed retiring 1st District Congressman Ed Whitfield.

Osborne’s move makes it all but certain that Hopkinsville Army veteran Sam Gaskins will receive the Democratic nomination, as the only remaining party candidate in May’s primary.

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Over the weekend, five of the six candidates running to succeed retiring Congressman Ed Whitfield as the next Representative of Kentucky’s 1st Congressional District took part in a Kentucky Farm Bureau forum in Murray.


Kentucky Farm Bureau, via Facebook

The Kentucky Farm Bureau is hosting a forum this Friday in Murray for the candidates hoping to succeed retiring 1st District Congressman Ed Whitfield.

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Kentucky state Sen. Dorsey Ridley has decided not to run for retiring 1st District Congressman Ed Whitfield’s seat.

Ridley, who represents the Senate's 4th District,  previously seemed bullish on jumping in the race, all but confirming his bid in October. Army veteran Sam Gaskins is the lone Democrat to have declared in the race. Republicans James Comer, Michael Pape and Jason Batts are vying for the Republican nomination.

Sam Gaskins for Congress, via Facebook

A Democrat has announced his candidacy in the race to succeed Kentucky’s retiring 1st District U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield.

Sam Gaskins is holding an official announcement event Monday at noon at Hopkinsville’s Pennyroyal Arts Council headquarters. Gaskins is an Army veteran who served eight years before receiving a medical retirement in 2009.

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Kentucky's 1st District Congressman Ed Whitfield has endorsed his longtime field director Michael Pape to succeed him next year.  

Whitfield announced last month he would not seek a 12th term in Washington. 

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State Rep. Gerald Watkins of Paducah says he’s 50/50 right now on the possibility of running for Ed Whitfield’s 1st District congressional seat.

Whitfield announced last month he would not seek a 12th term in Washington.

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In his first interview since deciding not to seek a 12th term in Washington, Kentucky’s 1st District Rep. Ed Whitfield told WKMS the prospect of yet another campaign and increasing gridlock in Congress contributed to his decision.

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