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James Buckmaster
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Former candidate for
Kentucky House of Representatives, District 11
Bachelor'sBrescia University, 1980
M.D.University of Kentucky, 1984
Date of birthSeptember 3, 1958
Place of birthHenderson, Kentucky
James Buckmaster was a 2014 Democratic candidate for District 11 of the Kentucky House of Representatives.[1]

Buckmaster was a 2012 Democratic candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 1st Congressional District of Kentucky. He was defeated by Charles Kendall Hatchett in the Democratic primary on May 22, 2012.[2]


Buckmaster earned his bachelor's degree in Biology from Brescia University in 1980 and his M.D. from the University of Kentucky in 1984.[3][4]



See also: Kentucky House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Kentucky House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on May 20, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was January 28, 2014. Incumbent David A. Watkins defeated James Buckmaster in the Democratic primary, while Paul A. DeSpain ran unopposed in the Republican primary. Watkins defeated DeSpain in the general election.[1][5][6]

Kentucky House of Representatives, District 11 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Watkins Incumbent 63.5% 8,435
     Republican Paul DeSpain 36.5% 4,856
Total Votes 13,291


See also: Kentucky's 1st Congressional District elections, 2012

Buckmaster ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Kentucky's 1st District. Buckmaster sought the nomination on the Democratic ticket.[7] Buckmaster was defeated by Charles Kendall Hatchett in the Democratic primary. Incumbent Ed Whitfield ran unopposed in the Republican primary. Candidates wishing to run were initially required to file by the signature filing deadline of January 31, 2012. However because the legislature was unable to complete new redistricting maps on time, the deadline was pushed back one week, until February 7, 2012.[8][9] The primary elections were held on May 22, 2012.[10]

U.S. House, Kentucky District 1 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngCharles Kendall Hatchett 59.1% 19,127
James Buckmaster 40.9% 13,239
Total Votes 32,366


Buckmaster and his wife, Marcia, have eight children.[3]

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