GOP Nominates Nicholasville Doctor to Fill Vacant Senate Seat

Garrard County Republicans have nominated a physician from Nicholasville to fill the unexpired term of the late Sen. Tom Buford, R-Nicholasville. 

Dr. Donald Douglas, an anesthesiologist, and lifelong Republican will appear on the ballot in the Nov. 2 Special Election filling the vacancy left by Buford. 

“Kentucky Republicans owe a great deal to the life and legacy of service of Senator Tom Buford,” Republican Party of Kentucky Executive Director Sarah Van Wallaghen said. “We’re excited to have Dr. Douglas as our party’s nominee, and his career of improving healthcare for families in Central Kentucky will make him a strong advocate for constituents in Frankfort. We look forward to working hard to keep this seat in Republican hands.”

The Jessamine Journal recently talked to Douglas about his candidacy and his life. Douglas told the newspaper he was born in a log cabin in west Kentucky as the 14th of 16 children. He and his family worked as sharecroppers, leading them to buy their own farm and raising animals. 

During school and later college, Douglas was an athlete and an academic, twice qualifying for the Olympic trials qualifier in the 400-meter hurdles. 

Douglas attended medical school at both the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville. 

The 22nd Senate District represents Kentuckians in part of Fayette, and all of Garrard, Jessamine, Mercer, Washington Counties.