Whitfield to run for eight term

New Media Producer: Nick Storm

Representative Ed Whitfield has filed papers to run for an eighth term in western Kentucky's first congressional district.

Whitfield has held the seat since 1994. That's when he defeated Tom Barlow, then the democratic incumbent, in the republican revolution that changed the balance of power in congress.

Whitfield is the only republican to hold the seat since the civil war. A campaign staffer delivered the candidacy papers to the Kentucky secretary of state's office on Monday afternoon.