Three candidates seek State Senate seat nomination

NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. (WTVQ) – Three candidates have announced intentions to seek the nomination for the Kentucky State Senate seat left vacant after Republican Senator Tom Buford died unexpectedly in early July.

The candidates who announced their intentions are Garrard County Judge-Executive John Wilson, Nicholasville realtor Jonah Mitchell, and Nicholasville resident Marty Anderson.

Buford, who died in Pensacola, Fla. after a long battle with cancer, served as Kentucky’s District 22 State Senator since 1990.

“Tom was a dedicated public servant who proudly represented his constituents in the 22nd District, and brought an abundance of insight and experience to some of the Commonwealth’s most complex issues during his over 30 years of service in the General Assembly,” said Kentucky State Senate Pro Tempore David Givens shortly after Buford’s death.

Buford’s term expires at the end of 2022, and Governor Andy Beshear has not yet announced a date for a special election to fill the remainder of Buford’s term.

“I plan to run for State Senate, and I plan to twist as many arms as I possibly can so that we can run the governor off and remove him, and start fresh in Kentucky,” said Anderson.

In an interview with the Jessamine Journal, Judge/Executive Wilson stated that Sen. Buford had no intentions of running for another term, asked him to run for state senate, and said he would endorse him.

“When Sen. Buford asked me to be his successor, it really got me thinking, and I was honored. Ultimately, I decided that it presented an opportunity for me to take the experience I’ve gained over the last 15 years to try and be a part of finding solutions in Frankfort to the problems that confront our state,” said Wilson.

Realtor Jonah Mitchell, who was also close to Buford, stated that strong leadership will be needed to combat the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic in an interview with the Jessamine Journal.

“We cannot stand another inflationary period…we want to protect everything we can for the small business person in our communities. That’s one of our biggest concerns,” said Mitchell.

Kentucky’s District 22 is comprised of Jessamine, Garrard, Mercer, Washington, and parts of Fayette County.

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