Senate: Alison Lundergan Grimes
Has the focus, energy and independence to serve Kentucky better than the 30-year incumbent who has hurt the country to advance his partisan agenda.
6th Congress: Elisabeth Jensen
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Supports jobs creation and wage increases, would be better for the district than the incumbent who has become beholden to the financial industry.
5th Congress: Harold "Hal" Rogers*
Chair of the House Appropriations Committee, is a steadying force in Washington and a leader of the bipartisan effort to remake the Eastern Kentucky economy.
Senate 12: Kathy Warnecke Ryan
Offers deep knowledge of business and finance, a commitment to education, emphasizing early-childhood, and the experience to get things done.
Senate 28: R.J. Palmer*
Leads Democrat minority in Senate in ways to compromise on legislation and serves district well.
Senate 34: Michael S. Cope
Has refreshing common sense and insists on moving beyond wedge issues to take on real problems facing state and district.
House 39: Russ Meyer
Led Nicholasville well as mayor during the recession, prepared to look out for Bluegrass region.
House 56: James Kay*
Committed to finding ways to have both quality education and health care rather than scaring voters into choice between them.
House 62: Ryan F. Quarles*
Has shown he can break from partisan thinking to improve lives of citizens.
House 72: Sannie Overly*
Has become one of the most effective legislators and the first woman elected to a House leadership post.
House 76: Ruth Ann Palumbo*
Has proven to be more interested in finding common ground to pass legislation than grandstanding to make political points.
House 79: Susan Westrom*
Championed the neighborhood group that brought questionable practices of the Bluegrass Area Development District to light. Worked hard to improve the state's child-protection system.
House 88: Robert J. Benvenuti*
Has been a consistent champion of transparency and accountability in state government.
Mayor: Jim Gray*
Tackled tough and politically risky issues, including police and fire pension system reform and rising health-care costs. Ability to both dream big about city's future and wrangle with the nitty-gritty of government attracted national attention, businesses.
Council at-large: Steve Kay,* Richard Moloney, Kevin Stinnett
Each has deep experience in city government. Moloney has a passion for, and knowledge of, the nuts and bolts. Stinnett has gained respect for his attention to budgets. Kay has taken a leadership role on homelessness and affordable housing issues.
Council 2: Michael Stuart
Has a deep knowledge of the district and some of its challenges and has ffered practical solutions.
Council 3: Jake Gibbs
Has thoughtful, well researched ideas about balancing growth and preservation, supporting infill development while protecting neighborhoods and nurturing town-gown connections.
Council 4: Susan Lamb
Demonstrated impressive grasp of issues — affordable housing, economic development and infill development — and an enthusiasm for taking them on.
Council 6: Angela Evans
Experienced in public positions, including as a public defender now in attorney general's office, understands government and has the capacity to make it work for all.
Council 7: Michael Moynahan
Experienced in affordable housing and helping the working poor, which would be valuable as the city takes steps on these issues.
Council 8: LeTonia Jones
Skilled as an advocate for victims of rape and domestic violence, wants to expand job opportunities and raise the minimum wage in Lexington.
Council 9: Jennifer Mossotti*
Has record of being independent, critical voice on citywide issues and provides excellent service within her district.
Council 10: Harry Clarke*
Built reputation as remarkably astute and effective during first term, has solid ideas for the district and city.
School board 2: Roger Cleveland
Shows passion about narrowing the achievement gap for low-income, minority and disabled children and, as an education professor, has expertise needed.
School board 4: Natasha Murray
Works as research analyst with Kentucky Department of Education, on top of the best strategies for boosting math and reading skills among all students.
Sheriff: Kathy Witt*
Has improved department's professionalism and expanded the ways it serves citizens.
Circuit (family court) judge 2: Traci Boyd
Practiced in family court for 13 years, knows the law, teaches continuing-education classes in family law and has served on non-profits serving children and families.
Circuit (family court) judge 6: Kathy Stein*
Earns high marks after a year on the family court bench for judicial demeanor and the respectful, efficient way she runs her courtroom.
* denotes incumbent