This month’s second special election is on tap for Tuesday, Feb. 27. Robert Goforth and Kelly Smith are running to fill the District 89 seat left vacant by the resignation of long-serving Rep. Marie Rader, R-McKee.
Goforth, R-East Bernstadt, operates pharmacies in Clay, Jackson, McCreary and Pulaski counties, and he is a U.S. Army veteran and a cattle farmer. He is self-funding his run at this point, having dropped $100,000 into his campaign coffer – his one and only contribution other than a $3,764 in-kind donation from the Kentucky State Republican Executive Committee, according to reports filed with the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance.
Earlier this month, U.S. Rep. James Comer, R-Tompkinsville, headlined fundraiser for Goforth at the London home of Jimmy and Joyce Lewis.
Smith is a Madison County librarian and artist, and a former AmeriCorps volunteer. She reported raising $11,310 for her run, with contributions from, among others, state Rep. Kelly Flood, former state Rep. Rita Smart, and state Sen. Reggie Thomas. She also has received contributions from ActBlue, a national Democratic fundraising arm, but those contributions haven’t shown up on campaign finance reports yet.
Both Smith and Goforth are seeking a full term in office as well. Smith does not have a May 22 primary opponent, but Goforth will have to defeat Keith Hays, of McKee, to get to the November ballot. Hays is the principal of Jackson County High School.
The next issue of the Kentucky Gazette will have a detailed analysis of the Special Election for House District 89. If you don’t get The Kentucky Gazette you can SUBSCRIBE here.