FRANKFORT — Republican James Comer has raised more than $650,000 from contributors in 100 of the state's 120 counties in his bid to become Kentucky's next agriculture commissioner.
In papers filed Monday with the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance, Comer, a state representative from Tompkinsville, reported more than $400,000 on hand for his race against Democrat Bob Farmer, a Louisville businessman, in the Nov. 8 general election.
Farmer had not filed his campaign finance report yet.
A news release from Comer's campaign said 28 of Comer's colleagues in the state legislature had contributed to his campaign, including Democratic Rep. Melvin Henley of Murray.
Other Democrats who have contributed to Comer include former Gov. Brereton Jones, Lexington businessman Luther Deaton, former Kentucky Education Association president Frances Steenbergen, Christian County Judge-Executive Steve Tribble and more than half the members of Kentucky's Agricultural Development Board.
Republican donors include former University of Kentucky sports announcer Ralph Hacker; Louisville Metro Councilman Hal Heiner; Andy Barr, who is running for Congress in the 6th District; Louisville businessmen Ron Carmicle and David Jones; former U.S. Rep. Anne Northup of Louisville; Churchill Downs chief executive officer Robert Evans and his wife, Tracie; and Comer's opponent in the May primary, Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger.
Tuesday is the deadline for candidates to file campaign finance reports.