Rep. Guthrie files for re-election

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Republican says he understands voters' concern about Washington

By John Friedlein

Landmark News Service

First-term Congressman Brett Guthrie has filed to run for re-election in the 2nd Congressional District that includes  LaRue County.

The Bowling Green Republican is the first candidate to file for the U.S. House seat. The deadline is Jan. 26.

Guthrie defeated state Sen. David Boswell, an Owensboro Democrat, in the 2008 general election. The congressman has about $600,000 in the bank for the campaign. That is more than half what he spent last time, he said.

Guthrie, 45, said his party could regain control of the House with next year’s election. If that happens, he would be in line to chair the higher education subcommittee.

Guthrie, a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at Fort Knox, worked for his family's Trace Die Cast manufacturing operation before being elected. He said he has represented the values of the conservative district.

Voters are upset with the direction Washington is taking, he said, and he predicts change will occur.

In a news release, Guthrie said: “Today, we are leaving behind a country awash in debt and with a government that intrudes into everyday life as much as possible.”