Democratic floor leader thinks Linda Belcher will win in 49th District special election

02/16/2018 01:34 PM

FRANKFORT – Democratic House Minority Floor Leader Rocky Adkins, D-Sandy Hook, feels that former Democratic Rep. Linda Belcher is poised and ready to win her old seat back in the 49th district special election on Tuesday.

Belcher is competing against Rebecca Johnson, the wife of former State Rep. Dan Johnson, R-Mt. Washington, who committed suicide on December 13 after he was accused of molesting a teenager in 2013.

Dan Johnson had defeated Belcher for the seat in 2016 by just 156 votes.

Adkins said that his party has good reason to feel optimistic since Belcher would bring a a lot of experience and name recognition back to the seat which represents Bullitt County.

“We have an outstanding candidate in Linda Belcher who has served here in the past, educator, a member of that community for all of her life,” Adkins said. “She’s working very hard. We’re highly organized.”

Adkins plans on being in the district working on Belcher’s behalf this weekend.

“I’m going down Saturday and I’m going to be working the phones, I’m going to be visiting homes, people, to really convince them that Linda Belcher is a strong voice for them, she has proven that,” Adkins said. They need her back in Frankfort, Kentucky to carry on the good works that she did while she was here, but also to be that strong voice that they need in the future.”

Former Gov. Steve Beshear, D-Kentucky, recently sent an email to Democratic supporters, calling on Democrats to get out and vote, and donate to Belcher in the election and to fight back against what he is calling the current political reality.

“Racists, sexual predators, liars, criminals have no place serving in public office,” Beshear wrote in the email. “There was a time when everyone, regardless of political party, would have unambiguously agreed with such a statement. Unfortunately we’re living in a new reality.”

Beshear went on to single out Republican nominee, as being “unapologetic for her husband’s racism, deception and hypocrisy.”

Adkins believes that the party is better served with focusing solely on the strengths of Belcher.

“I can tell you that the message that we have as a caucus and Linda Belcher has sent is a positive message, and it’s talked about Linda’s work, and it’s talked about who she is and what she’s about, and that’s where we have tried to keep the race,” Adkins said. “I don’t think that we need to be talking about the opposition itself, I think we need to keep toned in, and focused in on who Linda is and what she’s about.”

Republican House Majority Floor Leader Jonathan Shell, R-Lancaster, declined a Spectrum News interview request to talk about the race.

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