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Audrey Haydon, the Democratic candidate for state representative in the 50th District, has raised more than $36,000 for her 2014 run for the Kentucky House.
That’s nearly six times as much as incumbent Republican Rep. David Floyd of Bardstown has raised this year and about $6,000 more than former Bardstown Mayor Dick Heaton raised at the same point in his challenge to Floyd in 2012.
According to records published online by the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance, Haydon, 28, of Bardstown, had received $36,715 in campaign contributions and spent $2,403, as of the last reporting deadline, which was 15 days out from the May 20 primaries.
This is her first run for public office.
Floyd, 62, who is seeking his seventh term in the House, had raised $6,271.64 and spent $3,532.04 as of May 5.
The figures for both candidates include contributions going back before April 18, the last reporting deadline.
“While this is only the beginning, I am excited to share these early fundraising numbers,” Haydon said in a news release. “Our campaign enjoys the support of many outstanding local folks, and we are on pace to have the resources to win in November.”
Many of those local contributors include current and past public officials who are Democrats. Among her donors during the two reporting periods are Mayor Bill Sheckles and two former mayors, Heaton and Dixie Hibbs.
Other officials or former officials giving to Haydon are Jodie Haydon, who served as the Democratic state representative for the district from 1997 to 2004; County Attorney Matthew Hite; and former Bardstown City Attorney Thomas Donan.
Dedra “Dee Dee” Ford-Keene, president of the Democratic Woman’s Club of Kentucky, is also a donor.
“The community is very excited about Audrey’s candidacy and the impact she can have in Frankfort on our behalf,” Hibbs said. “This kind of early fundraising success shows she has what it takes to win this race and be effective for us in the General Assembly.”
The largest itemized contributions to Haydon’s campaign are two $2,500 donations, one from the Kentucky Democratic Executive Committee and the other from the Kentucky House Democratic Caucus Campaign Committee.
She received $1,000 donations from three unions: the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers in Louisville, the Plumbers and Pipe Fitters Local 502 Political Action Committee and the General Driver Warehousemen and Helpers Local Union No. 89 Drive Fund of Louisville.
Other $1,000 contributions were from Jodie Haydon of Louisville, who is not a relative; University of Louisville professor Archie Faircloth of Bardstown: her father, Ben Haydon Jr.; grandfather, Ben Haydon Sr.; mother, Denise Haydon; grandmother, Nellie Haydon; husband, Muncie McNamara; the candidate herself; Alan Kamel of Bloomfield, a project manager for Humana; the Kentucky Attorneys Political Action Trust; and Joseph Satterly, a Louisville attorney.
Many of the contributions of less than $1,000 were also from attorneys.
Haydon and McNamara are lawyers with her father’s firm.
During his last reporting period, for May 5, Floyd reported $6,626.54 carried forward from the last period. His only donations were $1,000 from the Building Industry Association of Greater Louisville PAC and $1,800 he contributed to his own campaign.
In the prior reporting period, Floyd reported only six donations: $1,641.64 from himself; $500 from Nick Carter of Ashland, chief executive officer of Natural Resources Partners; $500 from the Optometric PAC in Frankfort; $300 from the Johnson and Johnson Political Action Committee; $250 from Associated General Contractors PAC; $200 from the Kentucky Automobile Dealers Election Trust and $100 from the Kentucky Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association.
In an email to the Standard, Floyd said he doesn’t do fundraising while the state legislature is in session. The 2014 regular session began in January and ended in April.
He also said he dislikes asking people for money, but because Haydon has raised so much cash, he will soon have to do some fundraising.
Most of Haydon’s large individual contributions have come from lawyers around the state and country, and large amounts are coming from union political action committees and the state Democratic Party, he noted.
“I had hoped the state Democrat Party wouldn’t be directing her campaign, but with that much money, it looks like another nasty race could be on the horizon,” he said.
That’s “a shame,” he said, “because it doesn’t have to be that way.”
The recently redrawn 50th District includes all of Nelson County and doesn’t include any part of another county.
Floyd and Haydon were unopposed for their parties’ nominations in the primary election Tuesday. The general election is Nov. 4.