LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- As Kentucky Democrats wait for Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes to decide whether to challenge Republican Senator Mitch McConnell in next year's election, one prominent Democrat says it's critical that the party has a strong candidate in the race.
Auditor Adam Edelen tells WHAS11 that Democrats have lost seats in the statehouse in previous elections because of weak candidates at the top of the ticket. He says 2014, '15 and '16 are all critical election years.
Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway was the Democratic nominee for Senate in 2010. He tells WHAS11 that the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee sometimes does not follow through on its promises, so Grimes is right to ask questions before entering the race.
Other potential Democratic candidates include Miss America 2000 Heather French Henry, environmentalist Tom FitzGerald and Lexington attorney Bill Garmer, the former chairman of the Kentucky Democratic Party.
Louisville music promoter Bennie J. Smith and Owensboro contractor Ed Marksberry have already announced their senate bids.