Gov. Beshear calls special election to fill Sen. Blevins vacant Senate seat

01/05/2015 04:23 PM

Gov. Steve Beshear is calling a special election to fill the now vacant 27th Senate District seat of former Sen. Walter Blevins, who resigned midnight Sunday to assume his duties as Rowan County’s next judge-executive.

Blevins, D-Morehead, moved offices from the Capitol to Rowan County’s fiscal court after winning the judge-executive race in November.

Download Blevins’ resignation letter here: Senator Blevins’ resignation letter.pdf

In December, Blevins told Pure Politics that he would not resign his Senate seat earlier because the move would affect his pension and insurance coverage.

Beshear announced Monday that the special election to replace Blevins would be held on March 3.

“Because a special election requires at least 56 days notice, the earliest special election date would be March 3,” Beshear said in a press release. “While this will allow the newly-elected Senator to participate only in the last few days of the upcoming legislative session, it is important that the constituents of the 27th Senate district have representation as soon as possible.”

The 27th district includes Bourbon, Fleming, Harrison, Lewis, Mason, Nicholas, Robertson and Rowan counties.

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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