Two weeks to go before the Kentucky primary
LOUISVILLE, Kentucky: With just over two weeks to go before the first 2011 statewide primary in the nation, and with absentee votes already coming in, candidates are doing everything they can to win over voters. Here is a rundown of the statewide offices up in the May 17 primary.
The May 17 Republican primary for Governor and Lt. Governor will be a three-way contest:
- State Senate President David Williams teamed with Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture Richie Farmer
- Louisville businessman Phil Moffett with State Representative Mike Harmon
- Jefferson County Clerk Barbara Holsclaw with Bill Vermillion, Jr..
The Democratic slate of current incumbent Steve Beshear and former mayor of Louisville Jerry E. Abramson is unopposed and will not be on the primary. Independent candidate Gatewood Galbraith is also running, with Dea Riley for Lt. Governor.
Secretary of State
For the Democrats, incumbent Elaine Walker will face Lexington attorney Alison Lundergan Grimes. Walker has only served since January 2011, when she was appointed to fill the position following the resignation of Trey Grayson. She previously served as Mayor of Bowling Green.
On the Republican side, Western Kentucky businessman Bill Johnson takes on Hilda Legg, a former administrator of the USDA Rural Utilities Service in Washington, DC. Johnson ran for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in 2010, coming in a distant third to Rand Paul and Trey Grayson.
The office of Attorney General will not be on the primary ballot. Democratic incumbent Jack Conway is unopposed for his party's nomination, as is Republican Todd P’Pool, a Hopkins County Attorney. Conway was elected to the Attorney General position in 2007. He lost in his 2010 bid for U.S. Senate to Rand Paul.
Republican K.C. Crosbie is unopposed for the party nomination.
Democratic incumbent Todd Hollenbach will face a challenge from Steve Hamrick. Hollenbach was elected to the position in November 2007.
Auditor of Public Accounts
Democratic incumbent Crit Luallen is not running for re-election to the position. Adam Edelen is unopposed for the nomination.
Republicans John Kemper and Addia Wuchner will fight for their party's nomination.
Commissioner of Agriculture
With incumbent Richie Farmer running for Lieutenant Governor, the Democratic field will be a four-way battle between Robert "Bob" Farmer, Stewart Gritton, John Lackey, and B.D. Wilson.
For the Republicans it will be James Comer facing Rob Rothenburger.