Former lawmakers Belcher and Nemes fight to return to Capitol in open seat race

10/30/2014 09:01 AM

One election cycle removed from legislative power former Representatives Linda Belcher and Mike Nemes are trying to get back to Frankfort and carry their respective parties into legislative control.

If Republicans want to take the helm in the lower chamber, which Democrats have controlled since 1921, they will likely need to win all six open seat races which includes the 49th District in Bullitt County.

Democrats outnumber Republicans in the district in registration, but as Belcher found out in 2012 the county as a whole has been voting more conservative.

Republican Mike Nemes moved into the county in 2013 before the redistricting process when Rep. Russell Webber, R-Shepherdsville, who defeated Belcher in 2012 was representing the area.

Nemes lost his 2012 re-election bid to Rep. Denny Butler, D-Louisville, in a Democratic district. In 2010 Nemes worked his way into legislative control in a shoe leather campaign which he has kept up in the Bullitt County district.

“I moved out here to retire,” Nemes said. “Then in August (2013), they district (Webber) out, well, for obvious reasons, my opponent wanted to run and her party wanted her to run unopposed.”

However, Belcher has deep roots in the area, and she is more than happy to point out that Nemes is a recent transplant from south Louisville.

“I’ve lived here all of my life. He has only lived here a little over a year, so I feel like my chances are really good that people will understand that I probably have a lot more understanding of the people here in Bullitt County,” Belcher said.

About Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics, 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 the connection between the high profile Steubenville, Ohio rape and a Kentucky hacker whose push for further investigation could put him in federal prison. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Follow Nick on Twitter @NickStorm_cn2. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or nicholas.storm@charter.com.

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