Former Miss America among 19 candidates seeking office

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – A former Miss America is among 19 candidates running in down-ballot races in Kentucky that include secretary of state, agriculture commissioner, treasurer and auditor.

In several races where the candidates agree on most issues, biography likely will matter to voters.

Heather French Henry, who was crowned Miss America in 2000, has said her experience running the Department of Veterans Affairs, with its 900 employees and $100 million budget, has given her the experience she needs to run the secretary of state’s office. She’s a Democrat.

That open seat drew the most challengers for the May primary, with four Democrats and four Republicans seeking to succeed Democratic incumbent Alison Lundergan Grimes. She can’t run again due to term limits.

Voters will also pick party nominees for agriculture commissioner, treasurer and auditor.

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