Long-time judge opposes long-time county commissioner in 98th district House race

03/02/2016 08:01 PM

Editor’s Note: Republican candidate Tony Quillen’s campaign refused multiple offers for an interview in the district at a time of their choosing.

GREENUP – Two well-known members of the community are going head to head in the 98th district House special election as Democrat and longtime district and circuit court judge Lew Nicholls faces Republican nominee Tony Quillen an 18-year Greenup County Commissioner.

The two are vying for the seat previously held by former Democratic Rep. Tanya Pullin who resigned to accept Republican Gov. Matt Bevin’s appointment to become an administrative law judge in the state Department of Workers Claims.

Nicholls, whose father Lewis was a state representative from 1960- 1964, feels that his background makes him an ideal candidate to be a state legislature.

“I thought based on my training, education and experience as a judge interpreting the statutes for 29 years, I thought that I might have a little heads up on looking at the policies behind things and being able to do that, and do it well,” Nicholls said.

Nicholls has raised $24,568 as of early February; including a $10,000 contribution which came from the Kentucky House Democratic Caucus Campaign Committee. Quillen has raised $16,750.

Don Weber

Don Weber is a Video Journalist for Spectrum News and covers politics and education on Pure Politics, Kentucky’s only nightly program dedicated to state politics. Don is a lifelong Kentuckian and a graduate of Northern Kentucky University. He spent many years covering sports in the Northern Kentucky area before shifting primarily to politics. You can watch Don’s work weeknights at 7:00 and 11:30 on Pure Politics, available exclusively on Spectrum News, HD Channels 403 and 715. If you have a story idea you can reach Don at donald.weber@charter.com.

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