Campaigns prepare for special election rematch in the 62nd House District

10/10/2016 02:59 PM

GEORGETOWN – Across Kentucky there will be a lot of eyes on the 62nd district House race Election night as Democratic Rep. Chuck Tackett of Georgetown, who narrowly won a special election, defends the seat against Republican Phillip Pratt, whom Tackett defeated by 250 votes back in March.

Tackett, a Georgetown farmer and businessman, feels that he has the ability to work with Democrats and Republicans to get meaningful legislation passed for his district. Meanwhile, Pratt, who is the owner/operator of a landscaping company in Georgetown, says that he looks forward to joining the General Assembly, to help small business owners by advocating right to work and abolishing prevailing wage, especially when it comes to the construction of public schools.

For Pratt, the special election was his first step into politics, and the Georgetown Republican says that he learned a lot from that first venture and feels better prepared this time around.

“I learned how to run better, how to speak better, and how to conduct a campaign,” Pratt said. “In a special (election), it is a sprint. In a general election, it’s more of a long term race, so, we have been our knocking doors since May the 18th, fundraising, getting out in the public.”

Tackett, says that interest in the race, because it was so close in the special election, has led to solid financial support for his campaign.

“Fundraising has been good, we had one pre-primary, and we’ve had one since, we’ve made contacts with people who have given in the past,” Tackett said. “In the last week or so, it’s really been good.”

Pratt says that his fundraising has been largely from local supporters.

“We’ve been very well supported by people in the district, I don’t like to have special outside people influence me or any race,” Pratt said. “We are more localized this time than last time.”

According to the latest Kentucky Board of Election statistics, Democratic voters outnumber Republicans in the district with voters tallying 18,241 to 14,031 Republican. Up for grabs in the race are the 2,583 voters registered under the categories of other or independent.

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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