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.

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