Record number of women running for General Assembly

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – Women are running for office in record numbers this year in Kentucky.

Tuesday was the deadline for candidates who want to run in the primary election to file candidacy paperwork with the Office of Secretary of State and county clerks.

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The Office of the Secretary of State says more than 550 candidates filed for various offices on the May primary ballot.

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes says nearly 100 of those candidates are women who are running for seats in Kentucky’s General Assembly.

A significant number of candidates are educators, according to Grimes.

More than 200 candidates filed for seats in the Kentucky House of Representatives and more than a thousand candidates filed for local offices across Kentucky’s 120 counties.

Thirteen seats in the Kentucky House and two seats in the Kentucky Senate are uncontested.

The 2018 ballot features Kentucky’s six seats in the U.S. House of Representatives as well as the 100 seats in the Kentucky House of Representatives and seats in even districts in the Kentucky Senate.

Drawings for ballot positions take place Thursday at 2 p.m.