LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT/WYMT) - December 26
A marine veteran and former police officer has officially filed to run for U.S. Congress.
Democrat Josh Hicks filed with the Secretary of State's office Thursday morning. He is running for the 6th Congressional District seat.
If he wins the primary, he will go up against Republican incumbent Congressman Andy Barr, who is seeking his fifth term.
Last year it was Lieutenant Colonel Amy McGrath challenging Republican incumbent Andy Barr in Kentucky's 6th Congressional District.
Now, as McGrath prepares to potentially challenge Mitch McConnell for a seat in the U.S. Senate, Representative Barr will instead be challenged by Democrat Josh Hicks, our sister station WKYT reports.
The U.S. Marine, former police officer and lawyer hopes that by sticking to issues that impact Kentucky families instead of nationalizing the race, he will put himself in a better position to stand up for people like him.
"It seems like we are playing it like a big game. I don't think that is right," Hicks says. "I think that is the sign of a politician because a politician wants to stand up and say 'I'm on the right team, I'm on the right team.'"
WKYT did reach out to Congressman Barr, who, in a statement from his campaign, alleged that 'Josh Hicks aligns himself with the views of socialists like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez who seek only to tear the country apart with the politics of envy, the divisive rhetoric of class warfare and the destructive desire to punish success.'