Democrat Kay leads in fundraising

He’s collected nearly $92K

By Kevin Wheatley Published:

Democrat James Kay holds an early fundraising advantage in the 56th House District race, with $91,745 received thus far.

Kay’s total outpaces Republican Lyen Crews, who brought in $49,210, and independent John-Mark Hack, who raised $6,002.

The three, all from Woodford County, are vying to fill the remainder of former Rep. Carl Rollins’ term in a June 25 special election. 

Rollins, a Midway Democrat, vacated his seat to become head of the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority and Kentucky Higher Education Student Loan Corp.

The district covers Woodford County and parts of Franklin and Fayette counties.

Kay’s campaign coffers received $10,000 donations from the Kentucky House Democratic Caucus Campaign Committee and the Kentucky Democratic Party, which has also given him $21,985 in in-kind contributions varying from policy research to polling.

Kay, 30, also received $10,000 from various 

political action committees, such as former U.S. Rep. Ben Chandler’s Kentucky Forward PAC and those representing union autoworkers, the Democratic Woman’s Club of Franklin County and the Jefferson County Teachers Association.

Crews, 51, raised $20,000 from the House Republican Caucus Campaign Committee and $1,000 from the Republican Party of Fayette County. The Republican Party of Kentucky gave Crews $5,006 in in-kind donations for direct mail and printing.

PACs donated $3,000 to Crews’ campaign, with $1,000 each from U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s Bluegrass Committee, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul’s Reinventing A New Direction PAC and the Kentucky Association of Healthcare Facilities PAC.

Hack, 46, received no support from PACs or executive committees.

Fundraisers proved effective for Kay and Crews. The top events for Kay include one at former state Auditor Crit Luallen’s Old Versailles Road home that netted $6,890, his campaign kick-off at Kentucky Democratic Party headquarters that brought in $4,895 and $3,300 from a fundraiser hosted by Donna Moore of Lexington.

Crews received $5,600 at a reception held by Warren and Carol Rogers of Lexington, $2,785 from a reception at Shakey’s in Florence and $1,100 at a dinner meeting with the Northern Kentucky Republican House Caucus in Lakeside Park.

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