Democrat Ben Chandler is central Kentucky’s congressman, but new boundaries for the state’s six districts will soon shift representation of part of the bluegrass to another U.S. representative.
Republican congressman Brett Guthrie, who has only token democratic opposition this fall, would represent four central Kentucky counties beginning in January if re-elected.
This year’s congressional elections are being contested under the reconfigured boundaries, but representation does not begin until the new terms in January.
"I think people have the same interests in Kentucky,” Guthrie said of picking up all of Mercer, Boyle and Garrard counties along with the west side of Jessamine County.
Ironically, the new second district abuts Chandler’s new sixth district at the Jessamine-Fayette line, just five miles from Chandler’s district office.
"You'll have different people, different political beliefs,” Guthrie said. “You run into that in every county, but I think issues are common. People want a good job. They want a good economy."
Guthrie was in Lexington Friday to speak to Lexington business leaders. He touted the standard republican game plan of economic freedom, fewer government regulations and less debt.
"We want a gimmick free budget,” Guthrie said. “People are tired of gimmicks. People want the truth. People want to know how you're going to get out of this mess."
While taking question from the audience, Guthrie was hit with a blunt question from Al Cross, a former chief political writer for the state’s largest paper.
"Are you interested in running for governor in 2015?" Cross pressed.
“I'm interested in solving the problems we have in Washington DC,” said Guthrie.
Guthrie remained determined to dodge questions about his political future despite several questions from ABC 36 News as well.
Question: “You're not saying no but your not saying yes?"
Guthrie: “You know you have to assess things when they come forward but I'm not setting around running for government. I'm not doing that."
The state’s top job will be open in 2015 because current governor, Steve Beshear, is in his second and final term.