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Republicans in Kentucky's 1st Congressional District have nominated James Comer for a special election to replace U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield. 

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Republicans are ready to nominate their candidate for a special election to replace Congressman Ed Whitfield. The GOP meets Tuesday night at the Simpson County Courthouse, where they’re expected to nominate James Comer.

The former Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner is already on the November ballot, as he seeks a full two-year term in the U.S. House. Whitfield announced last week he was resigning, about a year after he said he wouldn’t seek re-election to another term.

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Following Congressman Ed Whitfield’s resignation this week, both the Democratic and Republican candidates for his 1st District seat praised the lawmaker’s 22 years in Washington.

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Retiring US. Rep. Ed Whitfield says he will resign early from office next week, triggering a special election for Kentucky's 1st Congressional District. 

Whitfield sent a letter Monday notifying Gov. Matt Bevin of the move.

 

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A volunteer fire department in rural western Kentucky is getting $63,905 in federal grant money. 

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The House Ethics Committee says veteran Congressman Ed Whitfield of Kentucky violated House rules by allowing his wife to lobby staff members on a bill he sponsored that was related to her work. 

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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.

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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.


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