Although Kentucky's U.S. Representative for the Fourth Congressional District, Republican Thomas Massie of Vanceburg, has yet to file for re-election, two Democrats have filed paperwork for the May Primary Election.
Patti Piatt of Bellevue said Tuesday she has filed for the seat and is expected to make a formal announcement next week. She is a business executive working as an independent contractor in the foodservice industry, according to a press release. She attended the University of Kentucky.
"Northern Kentucky is one of the key economic engines for Kentucky and our region and we have a Congressman who says no to everything," Piatt said.
She will be opposed on the primary ballot by Christina Lord of Milton, a city which sits along the Ohio River in Trimble County at the far western reaches of the Fourth District.
The Fourth District covers 20 counties along the Ohio River, stretching from Ashland in Boyd County to Oldham County, just outside of Louisville.
Massie took office in 2012 and was re-elected in 2014 and 2016. He is a native of Lewis County where he was serving as county judge-executive when he decided to run for Congress.
Massie is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and serves on the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology.
He and his family still make their home in Lewis County.