Three members of the Northern Kentucky House of Representatives lose to primary challengers

(The Center Square) – Three key members of the Kentucky State House of Representatives lost primary battles against challengers, according to unofficial vote counts from Tuesday’s election.

The three apparent winners in Northern Kentucky districts defied right-wing incumbents on a “liberty” platform that included, among other things, calls to protect constitutional rights and criticize the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 19.

State Rep. Sal Santoro, R-Union, who chairs the House Budget Revision Subcommittee on Transportation, lost to Marianne Proctor by 131 votes out of 3,785 cast in the two-candidate race. Proctor, a former Union speech pathologist, has also campaigned for lower taxes, criticizing the gas tax, which is used to generate funds for highway construction projects.

Proctor will not face a Democratic opponent in November.

House Judiciary Chairman Ed Massey, R-Hebron, lost to Burlington businessman and attorney Steve Rawlings by a more than 2-to-1 margin of more than 3,900 votes cast.

“I will do everything I can to represent the people of Boone County and the state,” Rawlings said in a statement on his campaign’s Facebook page Wednesday morning. “And I will stay true to principle and always work in the legislature on behalf of the people.”

Rawlings will face Democratic candidate Tim Montgomery, a deliveryman and Teamsters representative, in November.

House Licensing, Occupations and Administrative Regulations Committee Chairman Adam Koenig, R-Erlanger, lost to Erlanger City Councilman and attorney Steve Doan by 190 votes out of more than 2,400 votes cast.

Doan attacked Koenig for introducing an amendment to a bill in this year’s General Assembly session that would have barred transgender women from competing in women’s athletics. Koenig’s amendment would have excluded college athletics from the bill.

Koenig voted in favor of Senate Bill 83, which also banned transgender athletes from participating in girls’ sporting events. She also voted to override Gov. Andy Beshear’s veto of the bill.

Chris Brown, a human resources professional from Elsmere, is the Democratic candidate in that race.

Redistricting after the 2020 Census also produced two districts where Republican incumbents faced off in a primary.

In western Kentucky, State Rep. Jim Gooch Jr., R-Providence, defeated State Rep. Lynn Bechler, R-Marion, by 465 votes out of 4,419 votes cast in the 12th District Republican primary.

Gooch will now face Slaughters Democrat Alan Lossner, a former assistant superintendent of the Webster County Board of Education, in November.

In the new 97th district in southeastern Kentucky, state Rep. Bobby McCool, R-Van Lear, defeated state Rep. Norma Kirk-McCormick, R-Inez, by 1,466 votes out of more than 7,000 cast in the primary. No Democrats ran for the seat.

A Democratic incumbent also lost in Tuesday’s primary. State Rep. Tom Burch, D-Louisville, who has served in the 48th legislature of the past 50 years, lost to Louisville real estate agent Daniel Grossberg in the District 30 race. In a three-way race , Grossberg beat Burch 1,840 to 1,719, and town planner Neal Turpin got 536 votes.

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