The Powers That Be: Who's who in Kentucky House District 38

The Powers That Be: Who's who in Kentucky House District 38

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- It was a big week for one of the candidates in the race to represent Kentucky’s 38th District in the House of Representatives. Denny Butler is the incumbent in this unique contest.

Butler was a long-time Democrat who followed in his father’s footsteps serving in the Kentucky House. But he switched parties in late 2015 sparking criticism from Democratic Party Leaders like Speaker Greg Stumbo. But Representative Butler accused Stumbo and others in his party of showing no interest in Butler’s concern about the Kentucky Law Enforcement Foundation Program Fund, also known as KLEFPF.

This week, Kentucky Auditor of Public Accounts Mike Harmon released his findings of an audit of KLEFPF confirming some of the worries Representative Butler had about the taxpayer funded account.

While Butler felt vindicated, his competition was preparing to try and unseat him.

McKenzie Cantrell is a relative newcomer to politics although she’s been advocating for worker’s rights in Frankfort. The Louisville attorney is the Democratic Party’s candidate to try and defeat Butler in the general election.

Cantrell is running in a district in which registered Democrats outnumber Republicans approximately 2 to 1. She took part in the program through Emerge Kentucky, a project to cultivate and prepare female Democratic political leaders in The Commonwealth.

We sat down for a one-on-one interview with McKenzie Cantrell for this week’s The Powers That Be which you can see at the top of this page. You can also catch the full interview with McKenzie Cantrell here:


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