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February 18, 2014

PRIMARY PROFILES: State Legislators

WHITLEY CITY —     Barring the entry of an independent candidate or write-in, both state legislative races will be decided by Republican voters in the May Primary.

    State Senate District 16 is comprised of Adair, Clinton, Cumberland, McCreary, Russell, Taylor and Wayne counties. Incumbent Sen. Sara Beth Gregory will square off with George Maxwell “Max” Wise in the GOP Primary.

    Wise was spurred by the 9/11 terrorist attacks to join the Federal Bureau of Investigation, where he served as an Intelligence Analyst. He now is the lead professor for Campbellsville University’s Political Science program as well as an adjunct professor at UK’s Patterson School of Diplomacy.

    Sen. Gregory of Monticello was elected in December 2012 after serving one term as State Representative. She is an associate with the Carroll & Turner law firm, having earned her degrees from the University of Kentucky. Upon graduating from law school, Gregory clerked for a year with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit.

    In the race for State Representative of the 52nd District (McCreary, Wayne and part of Pulaski), incumbent Ken Upchurch of Monticello faces a primary challenge from Whitley City attorney Jessica A. Burke.

    Burke grew up in Stearns and earned her law degree from Notre Dame Law School. Prior to opening her own office, she served as attorney to the Kentucky Senate President, worked for both Senators Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul, and interned for President Bush in the White House.

    Rep. Upchurch served as a field representative for Sen. McConnell before helping to establish a family-owned manufactured home dealership in 1997. The following year he was elected to the Kentucky House of Representatives where he served through 2010. Rep. Upchurch won a seventh term in a February 2013 special election and also is a sales manager for Cumberland Lake, Inc.

    The following answers are presented by office in the order of receipt.

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