FRANKFORT – The open legislative seats in Madison County drew more candidates Tuesday – the filing deadline for the May primaries.
Republican Barry Metcalf of Richmond, who represented the 34th state Senate district from 1994 to 1999, filed for his old seat, which opened up when state Sen. Ed Worley, D-Richmond, announced last week he wouldn’t seek a fourth term.
Metcalf is the third Republican in the race, joining Jared K. Carpenter and Kent J. Kessler. Two Democrats, Lee Murphy and Michael S. Cope, previously filed papers to run.
Metcalf, who works in property management, said he is the “anti-casino gambling candidate” in the race. He said he opposes expanded gambling, contending that it increases societal ills.
In the Senate, Metcalf sponsored a so-called “potty parity” bill that required government buidings to have sufficient rest rooms for women.
Also, Tiffany Nash, a Republican from Madison County, is making her electoral debut in the 81st House race, which also is an open seat because longtime Democratic Rep. Harry Moberly Jr. of Richmond isn’t running again.
“I’m very motivated by the $1.5 billion budget deficit,” said Nash, a former auditor for Ashland Inc. and an executive recruiter for her family’s executive search firm.
Nash said she is interested in the proposal by Republican Rep. Bill Farmer of Lexington to cut or eliminate the state’s corporate and individual income tax and replace them with a broader sales tax on services.
“If we work to do tax reform and get rid of the personal and corporate income tax … Kentucky will be a more business-friendly state,” she said.
Nash said she also was concerned by the state’s unfunded liability in the teacher’s retirement system.
A Centre College graduate, Nash is a former Madison County Republican Party secretary and worked as treasurer for former GOP state representative Chuck Luke, who ran against Moberly in 2004.
Richmond Mayor Pro Tem Rita Smart filed last week as a Democratic candidate for Moberly’s seat.
–Jack Brammer and Ryan Alessi