Beshear endorses Hicks in Sixth District congressional race

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    LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) — Democratic challenger Josh Hicks picked up what he hopes is a key endorsement Thursday when Gov. Andy Beshear backed him in the race for Kentucky’s Sixth Congressional District.

    “Throughout his life, Josh Hicks has demonstrated a deep commitment to public service and repeatedly put country and community before himself,” Beshear said in a statement. “I know Josh will carry his commitment to public service with him to Washington, DC as the next Representative of the 6th District. Josh will be a strong voice for central Kentucky, and he will fight tirelessly to ensure all Kentuckians have access to affordable healthcare, good jobs, and high quality public education.”

    In his race against incumbent Republican Matt Bevin last year, Beshear carried the  Sixth District by 14 points.

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    Hicks is challenging eight-year Republican incumbent Andy Barr.

    Hicks hopes the endorsement comes at a key moment in the race as forecasters predict a surge of turnout heading into the final days of early voting and Election Day itself.

    “I am extremely honored to receive this endorsement,” Hicks said. “Like so many across our Commonwealth, I admire Governor Beshear’s steady leadership, and his compassion and empathy for all Kentuckians. Like him, I believe in putting partisan politics aside and getting the job done. That’s what I’ll bring to Washington. I’m honored to have his support,” Hicks said.

    Hicks is a lawyer who grew up on a farm in Fleming County, enlisted in the US Marine Corps, served as a police officer in Maysville, and graduated from Morehead State University and the University of Kentucky College of Law. He now lives in Lexington with his wife of 20 years and their two children.