Two candidates have already thrown their hats in the race for the State Representative seat held by Martha Jane King, who is running for a new Senate seat.
Former Logan County Attorney Tom Noe is running for the seat as a Democrat and current Logan County Magistrate Jo Orange is seeking the office as a Republican.
Ms. Orange is the wife of the late Charles Orange, who served multiple terms as Commonwealth’s Attorney in Logan and Todd Counties. She says she’s had a long-running interest in state politics and decided the time was right to make a run.
One of the specific issues she mentions is expanded gaming in Kentucky, an idea she is not a fan of.
Ms. Orange was an educator at area schools for 34 years and says she supports a bill currently up for discussion which would extend the minimum dropout age for high school students to 18.
Two calls to Noe were not immediately returned, but he recently told the Russellville News Democrat Leader that he always knew he wasn’t through working when he retired as county attorney after 21 years of service.
He says he is happy to be running for office again.
The 16th District includes Todd, Logan and a portion of Warren County.