Attorneys compete in special election for 54th district House seat

03/04/2016 07:30 PM

Editor’s Note: Republican candidate Daniel Elliott’s campaign never responded to numerous offers for an interview in the district at a time of their choosing.

A current commonwealth’s attorney and a Danville attorney, who once worked for former U.S. Senator Jim Bunning while in college, are battling for the open 54th district House seat which was vacated by current State Auditor Mike Harmon.

Fifty-year-old Democrat Bill Noelker, who is the current commonwealth’s attorney for Boyle and Mercer counties, opposes 31-year-old Republican Daniel Elliott.

The two are competing in one of four special elections on March 8 to fill four vacant seats in the state House. Currently, the Democrats hold a 50-46 majority and Republicans are hoping for a sweep in all four races which would split the House 50-50.

The current term runs only through Dec. 31, 2016, and both candidates have filed to run in the May primary elections to try to gain a full term for the next two years.

Noelker is a former Navy fighter pilot who flew combat missions in Operation Desert Storm, and feels that his life experience gives him a leg up on his opponent.

“I’ve been married for 28 years, I’ve raised 3 kids, I’ve had a mortgage, I fought for our country, defended the constitution, and I’m a Second amendment supporter, assistant commonwealth’s attorney,” Noelker said. “That’s a lot of things, life experience that I bring to the table that my opponent really doesn’t.”

State Board of Elections data shows that in the 54th District, there are 16,422 registered Republicans to 13,577 Democrats. In Boyle County, about 60 percent of voters are Democrats, while 80 percent of Casey County is Republican.

Don Weber

Don Weber is a Video Journalist for Spectrum News and covers politics and education on Pure Politics, Kentucky’s only nightly program dedicated to state politics. Don is a lifelong Kentuckian and a graduate of Northern Kentucky University. He spent many years covering sports in the Northern Kentucky area before shifting primarily to politics. You can watch Don’s work weeknights at 7:00 and 11:30 on Pure Politics, available exclusively on Spectrum News, HD Channels 403 and 715. If you have a story idea you can reach Don at donald.weber@charter.com.

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