Bill to move governor’s election advances in Senate

KY Capitol

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A state Senate panel has approved a proposal to move Kentucky’s election for governor to even-numbered years.

Kentucky is one of the few states that elects its governor and other statewide constitutional officers in odd-numbered years. State Sen. Chris McDaniel, a Republican candidate for lieutenant governor in November, said moving the election would save local taxpayers $3.5 million every four years.

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But Democratic state Sen. Dorsey Ridley of Henderson said the added expense of the elections is the cost of democracy. He said having the election for governor separate from a presidential or congressional campaigns gives the race more attention and prestige.

The Senate State and Local Government Committee has passed similar bills the past two years that ultimately failed.