20th District Candidates Talk About the Race


"As I started digging into why jobs are not coming to Kentucky they way I think they should, part of it is, we're not a right to work state. When companies are looking to either relocate or expand, half of them automatically rule out states that are not right to work," said Hampton.

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -- Representative Jody Richards D-Bowling Green has been in office for more than 30 years, and he says he continues to enjoy it.

"I love representing the wonderful Bowling Green, Warren County community in Frankfort. It's a privilege and a responsibility, and I really enjoy it. I plan to run a very energetic campaign and as I always do, go to the people and make my case," said Richards.

For the second election in a row, the longest serving Speaker of the House in Kentucky history has an opponent.

Jenean Hampton is a republican in the Tea Party.

She has spent time in both the public and private sector and recognizes beating someone like Richards will be difficult.

"Part of the reason I had to pray on this decision was knowing that I was going up against a long term incumbent. However, I think I bring some things to the party. I think I can help improve Bowling Green as well as the state of Kentucky," said Tea Party candidate Jenean Hampton.

Richards and Hampton both say getting people back to work is very important.

"Job creation and we've been very fortunate to be able to bring in manufacturing plants and good high paying jobs," said Hampton.

But Hampton says Kentucky isn't doing enough to get jobs here, and she would like to change that.

"As I started digging into why jobs are not coming to Kentucky they way I think they should, part of it is, we're not a right to work state. When companies are looking to either relocate or expand, half of them automatically rule out states that are not right to work," said Hampton.

If no one else files from the republican or democratic party, there will be no need for a primary.

The filing deadline for most elected offices in Kentucky is late January. So, people still have several weeks to file.


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