Candidates who plan to seek an office that will appear on the May 2020 primary ballot have fewer days to make that decision.

    The filing deadline, which used to be the last Tuesday in January, 
has been moved back to January 10 at 4 p.m.
    Senate Bill 60, passed by the last session of the General Assembly, 
set a new filing deadline for the primary election. It will be set 
for the Friday after the first Monday in January.
    So far, some candidates have taken the opportunity to file their 
intentions early with the Secretary of State. U.S. Representative 
Harold "Hal" Rogers filed for re-election to his seat.
    One other candidate, also a republican, has filed to challenge 
Rogers for the 5th Congressional District. Gerardo Serrano, from 
Tyner, Ky., has filed his intentions to seek the office.
    The seat held by U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell will also be on the 
ballot in 2020, and McConnell, a republican, has already filed for re-
election to his seat.
    Other republicans who have filed as Senate candidates include: 
Wendell Crow, of Cox Creek; Paul John Frangedakis, of Lex-ington, 
Ky.; Louis Grider, of Elizabethtown, Ky., and C. Wesley Morgan, of 
Richmond, Ky.
    Democratic candidates who have filed as Senate candidates include: 
Andrew J. Maynard, of Georgetown, Ky.; Eric Rothmuller, of 
Louisville, Ky.; and John R. Sharpen-steen, of Bonnieville, Ky.
    The 2020 election will include the race for 52nd District State 
Represen-tative. No candidates had filed their official paperwork at 
press time, but local attorney, Rhett Ramsey, a republican, had 
announced his intent to seek the office several weeks ago.
    Ken Upchurch currently serves as the 52nd District State Represen-
tative. The district includes Wayne and McCreary counties, and a portion of Pulaski County.

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