Candidates stress political history and political affiliations in Central Ky.'s encore special election

11/13/2013 05:56 PM

When Kathy Stein accepted the nomination for open family court judgeship, she set into motion the second three-way special election in central Kentucky this year and the first in the state Senate under the new redistricting maps.

And while the central Fayette County district might favor Democrats, all three candidates for the 13th state Senate District can lay claim to connections to that party. And all three have taken an unusual route to the race, which will culminate in the Dec. 10 special election.

The Democratic candidate Reginald Thomas has only lived in the district since redistricting maps were passed in the August special session. Richard Moloney, the independent candidate, is a seven-term city council member who switched parties after Thomas was nominated. And Michael Johnson was an unexpected pick for the GOP and is already veering from the party line on health care.

Earlier this year, Democrat James Kay won a special state House election in Woodford County and parts of Fayette and Franklin counties. He defeated Republican Lyen Crews and independent John Mark Hack after an expensive and contentious race.

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