Two candidates running to replace Whitfield in Kentucky’s 1st District

Two people have announced they will run for United States Representative District One in Kentucky.

Kentucky’s Agriculture Commissioner James Comer says he’ll run for Congress to replace retiring U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield.

Whitfield’s District Director Michael Pape also announced his candidacy.
    
Whitfield announced Tuesday he would not seek re-election after spending 20 years representing Kentucky’s 1st Congressional District in Washington. The heavily Republican district consists of 35 counties in western Kentucky.

Hickman County Attorney Jason Batts has also shown interest in running.
    
A spokesman for the Kentucky Democratic Party said party officials are focused on electing Jack Conway for governor in November.

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