Candidates certified for 49th House Dist. special election

01/03/2018 09:51 AM

The candidates for the 49th House District special election to replace a Kentucky lawmaker who took his own life have been certified by the Secretary of State.

The 49th Dist. seat is vacant as Rep. Dan Johnson, R-Mt. Washington, who took his own life in December following allegations of molestation. Johnson’s widow, Rebecca Johnson has been named as the Republican Party’s candidate in the election.

Former Rep. Linda Belcher, D-Shepherdsville, has been named as the Democratic Party’s candidate. Belcher formerly held the seat, but was defeated by Dan Johnson by a margin of just 156 votes in November 2016.

Gov. Matt Bevin issued a writ of Special Election to take place on February 20. The deadline for write-in candidates to file declarations of intent is Feb. 9 at 4 p.m. ET.

The deadline to register to vote before the special election is Jan. 22.

Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics available exclusively on Spectrum News. Pure Politics is the only nightly program dedicated to Kentucky politics. Nick covers all of the political heavyweights and his investigative work brings to light issues that might otherwise go unnoticed, like his coverage of the backlog of DNA rape kits waiting to be tested in Kentucky. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Pure Politics airs weeknight at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News. Follow Nick on Twitter @NStorm_Politics. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or nicholas.storm@charter.com.

6 Comments

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  • Ricky Lee Williams Jr. wrote on January 03, 2018 10:39 AM :

    Nick , see if you can get these 2 ladies in for a 90min debate. I think the voters deserve to see them side by side and see what they both would bring to Frankfort if elected. Thanks. RL

  • AllPainNoGain wrote on January 03, 2018 11:41 AM :

    Nick, do not give Johnson a single minute of airtime on your station…as a society we need to stop elevating these fringe folks who have clear mental health issues. Media who legitimize these folks are just as much to blame as the voters who support them. We don’t need another emotionally unstable legislator in Frankfort and any coverage you give this woman is putting her one step closer to the House chambers…what a shame for our Commonwealth if that happens.

  • Ricky Lee Williams Jr. wrote on January 03, 2018 12:51 PM :

    Uninformed voters has a lot to do with the representation we have today in Washington and in Frankfort. I want to know what the candidates have before I go into the polls to vote. I don’t understand your point AllPainNoGain. Quality of substance on issues matters and if they don’t have what it takes they should be exposed in real time against their challenger..Politics should be a contact sport and not the infomercial circus that it has become today.. RL

  • Raymond Hurst wrote on January 04, 2018 09:57 PM :

    Dan Johnson depicts black people as monkeys. He kills himself after being accused of molesting or trying to molest a young girl. He doesn’t want to try and defend himself? He just succumbs to his guilty conscience. Now his wife accuses reporters of being greasy liars? She then says this is bulls___. These are Church people?!?!?! They may be Church People, but they sure aren’t ‘‘Jesus’‘ Church People!!!! And we Christians wonder why we have such a bad name!

  • Marion County wrote on January 05, 2018 12:43 PM :

    Linda Belcher is a honorable person. This should be a totally easy election. It is time people step up to the plate and demand much more of our elected officials than blabber and smoke.
    Those who scream about church the most are usually covering a bunch of stuff up. Those who live their lives with church teachings in their daily lives are so much more important than those who scream they go to church.

  • Marion County wrote on January 05, 2018 12:43 PM :

    Linda Belcher is a honorable person. This should be a totally easy election. It is time people step up to the plate and demand much more of our elected officials than blabber and smoke.
    Those who scream about church the most are usually covering a bunch of stuff up. Those who live their lives with church teachings in their daily lives are so much more important than those who scream they go to church.

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