FRANKFORT, Ky. – More than 300 people filed to run for office ahead of Friday’s 4 p.m. deadline for candidates to file for the May primary.
The Secretary of State’s office reports 324 people filed to run for some sort of office, a dramatic drop-off from the 621 people who ran for office in 2018.
Secretary of State Michael Adams said the drop-off was likely because of the hot-button issues at the state level in 2018.
“With 2018, obviously you had the pension issue, you had teachers very active and engaged. They engaged as citizens. They engaged as activists. And they engaged as candidates,” Adams said. “And it seems like the (2019) gubernatorial election appears to have resolved a lot of those issues from their perspective, so they don’t apparently feel the same need to run for office right now.”
18 people are running for U.S. Senate, including incumbent U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell. Seven people are running as Republicans to challenge McConnell while ten are running as Democrats.
At the state level, there are 28 uncontested races in the House and eight uncontested seats in the Senate.
The deadline Friday only applies to people running under a political party.