It's Democrat Kim Humphrey vs. Republican Suzanne Miles in House race to replace John Arnold

10/16/2013 07:53 PM

Two women will face off in the Dec. 10 special election to replace former Democratic Rep. John Arnold of Sturgis, who resigned last month in the wake of allegations that he sexually harassed female legislative staffers.

The Republican executive committee in the 7th District that covers southern Daviess County, part of Henderson and all of Union counties picked Suzanne Miles as the GOP nominee at a meeting Wednesday night. Miles works as a district staff member of 2nd Congressional District U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie, R-Bowling Green.

Democrats from those counties selected Kim Humphrey on Tuesday night. Humphrey, of Union County, works for a Alliance Coal LLC, which has a major mining operation in the county, and is a former economic development official for the county.

The race is expected to attract plenty of attention for a December special election for a House seat. Not only do the allegations against Arnold cast a shadow over it, but the district has proven to be highly competitive. Arnold only won re-election last November by five votes — months before the allegations against him became public.

Plus, both parties are expected to use the race as a tune-up for 2014 in which control of the state House could be at stake. After Arnold’s resignation, Democrats hold a 54-45 advantage in the House.

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