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


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