Republican Aaron Reed Plans to Primary Challenge Sen. Adrienne Southworth in 2024

There’s a right-wing primary bubbling that is still more than a year away.

Conservative Republican Aaron Reed, of Shelbyville, is making it known that he will run for state Senate District 7, currently held by Sen. Adrienne Southworth, R-Lawrenceburg, in the redrawn area which encompasses Anderson, Henry, Shelby, and part of Jefferson County.

“I am more committed than ever to ensuring that our region receives the representation and support that it deserves,” Reed said. “That is why I am excited to announce my candidacy for the Kentucky State Senate seat.”

The election, which would take place in May of 2024, would also be a geographic battle with Reed in Shelby County and Southworth in Anderson. Southworth has caught the ire of some of her GOP colleagues for often opposition to legislation supported by the Republican caucus and promotion of election conspiracy theories.

Reed lives on a 70 acre farm in Shelby County with his wife and their six children. After graduating from college, Reed felt called to enlist in the United States Navy and became a member of the elite Navy SEAL Teams.

Reed recently retired from the Navy after nearly 23 years as a Special Operations Senior Chief Petty Officer. Following his service in the Navy, he decided to start two small businesses centered around firearms.