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Quick Facts
Personal Details

Robert Goforth (Republican) was a candidate for Governor of Kentucky. Goforth lost the primary on May 21, 2019.

Goforth is a Republican member of the Kentucky House of Representatives, representing District 89. Goforth was elected to the office on February 27, 2018.

Personal

Full Name:

Robert Goforth

Gender:

Male

Family:

Wife: Ashley; 4 Children

Home City:

East Bernstadt, KY

Religion:

Christian

Education

Graduated, University of Kentucky

PharmD, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy, 2002-2005

Political Experience

Representative, Commonwealth of Kentucky House of Representatives, District 89, 2018-present

Candidate, Commonwealth of Kentucky House of Representatives, District 89, 2018

Current Legislative Committees

Member, Health and Family Services Committee

Member, Joint Committee on Health, Welfare, and Family Services

Member, Joint Committee on Tourism, Small Business, and Information Technology

Member, Joint Committee on Transportation

Member, Tourism and Outdoor Recreation Committee

Member, Transportation Committee

Former Committees/Caucuses

Former Member, Small Business and Information Technology Committee, Commonwealth of Kentucky House of Representatives

Professional Experience

Owner, Hometown Pharmacy

Combat Engineer, United States Army

Religious, Civic, and other Memberships

Founder, Project DARIS

Elections

2019

General election
General election for Governor of Kentucky

Incumbent Matt Bevin, Andy Beshear, and John Hicks are running in the general election for Governor of Kentucky on November 5, 2019.

Candidate

Matt Bevin (R)

Andy Beshear (D)

John Hicks (L)

Democratic primary election
Democratic primary for Governor of Kentucky

Andy Beshear defeated Rocky Adkins, Adam Edelen, and Geoff Young in the Democratic primary for Governor of Kentucky on May 21, 2019.

Candidate
%
Votes

Andy Beshear (D)
37.9
149,438

Rocky Adkins (D)
31.9
125,970

Adam Edelen (D)
27.9
110,159

Geoff Young (D)
2.3
8,923

Total votes: 394,490
Republican primary election
Republican primary for Governor of Kentucky

Incumbent Matt Bevin defeated Robert Goforth, William Woods, and Ike Lawrence in the Republican primary for Governor of Kentucky on May 21, 2019.

Candidate
%
Votes

Matt Bevin (R)
52.4
136,060

Robert Goforth (R)
39.0
101,343

William Woods (R)
5.4
14,039

Ike Lawrence (R)
3.2
8,412

Total votes: 259,854


2018

Regular election

General election
General election for Kentucky House of Representatives District 89

Incumbent Robert Goforth (R) defeated Kelly Smith (D) in the general election for Kentucky House of Representatives District 89 on November 6, 2018.

Candidate
%
Votes

Robert Goforth (R)
75.7
11,615

Kelly Smith (D)
24.3
3,722

Total votes: 15,337
(100% precincts reporting)
Democratic primary election
Democratic primary for Kentucky House of Representatives District 89

Kelly Smith advanced from the Democratic primary for Kentucky House of Representatives District 89 on May 22, 2018.

Candidate

Kelly Smith (D)

Republican primary election
Republican primary for Kentucky House of Representatives District 89

Incumbent Robert Goforth defeated Keith Hays in the Republican primary for Kentucky House of Representatives District 89 on May 22, 2018.

Candidate
%
Votes

Robert Goforth (R)
59.0
4,762

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Keith Hays (R)
41.0
3,311

Total votes: 8,073


Special election

A special election for the position of Kentucky House of Representatives District 89 was held on February 27, 2018. The filing deadline for Democratic, Republican, and independent candidates to run in this election was January 9, 2018. Write-in candidates had to file their declarations of intent to run by February 16, 2018.

The seat became vacant on December 31, 2017, after Marie Rader (R) resigned her seat.

Robert Goforth (R) defeated Kelly Smith (D) in the special election.

Kentucky House of Representatives, District 89, Special Election, 2018
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRobert Goforth 66.8% 2,809
Democratic Kelly Smith 33.2% 1,399
Total Votes 4,208
Source: Kentucky Secretary of State
Articles

Issue Position: Education

Jan. 1, 2019

A strong educational system is at the heart of who we are as Kentuckians. Robert supports our public schools 100%, and opposes any public dollars going to establish charter schools. Robert and his running mate, Mike Hogan, are products of public schools, and they know the difference that good teachers can make in our children's lives. We must ensure that a commitment to public education remains paramount in Kentucky--it shouldn't be a partisan issue! A Goforth-Hogan Administration will equip our students and teachers with the tools they need for success in the 21st Century.

Issue Position: Pensions

Jan. 1, 2019

Our teachers, police, firefighters, and EMS personnel along with all state, county, and city employees were made a promise. These promises are legal obligations from the state to its employees that must be fulfilled. The current governor has made unfortunate statements that have unfairly scared our public employees. That is not right. Pensions are inviolable contracts that cannot be broken. We need to quit alarming people and start finding effective solutions. Robert will work to fully fund our pensions in a way that is just and fair to all. Pension dollars are crucial to Kentucky's economy and they affect far more than just pension holders--small businesses in all of our communities are affected, too. We have to do what is right for our current and retired state employees, and for all of Kentucky.

Issue Position: Life

Jan. 1, 2019

The American People are rightly disgusted to see the push in some states toward infanticide--the killing of innocent babies outside the womb. Robert is 100% Pro-Life. As the father of four children and the legal guardian of a brother will special needs, Robert opposes the silent slaughter of God's precious innocent unborn children. Robert sponsored the first version of the fetal heartbeat bill that bans abortion in Kentucky once a fetal heartbeat is detected. It is so true that in order for America to be a great nation, we must first be a good nation. Robert will never bend in the fight for our Christian principles and values.

Events

2019

May 21
Goforth for Governor Election Night Gathering

Tue 6:00 PM – 11:00 PM EDT

Lexington Griffin Gate Marriott Resort & Spa Lexington, KY

May 18
Goforth for Governor Pre-Election Homecoming Rally

Sat 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM EDT

Laurel London Optimist Club London, KY

May 18
Goforth for Governor Pre-Election Hogan Homecoming Rally

Sat 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM EDT

Louisa City Park, Main and Jefferson Streets, Louisa, KY