Marine veteran enters race for 6th District seat in Kentucky

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Democrat Josh Hicks, a Marine veteran and former police officer, has launched his campaign for the Kentucky congressional seat held by Republican Andy Barr.

Hicks was a longtime Republican who switched parties in 2016, citing his disenchantment with GOP policies that he says favor corporations and the wealthy. Hicks, a Lexington attorney, ran for the legislature last year, losing to Republican state Rep. Stan Lee.

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Now Hicks hopes to unseat Barr next year. The fourth-term congressman represents the state’s 6th District, which covers portions of central and east-central Kentucky.

Barr was a target of national Democrats last year but held off a strong challenge from Democrat Amy McGrath . McGrath opted to join the race to challenge Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell next year.