Proposed state House districts approved by committee pit 9 incumbents against each other

01/11/2012 12:10 PM

The proposal for the state House districts drew sharp criticism from Republicans on Wednesday as they objected to at least four districts that would pit incumbents against each other.

Those districts would be:

  • 9th District: Rep. Myron Dossett, R-Pembroke, vs. Rep. Ben Waide, R-Madisonville
    (District would take parts of rural Christian County and reach up into central Hopkins County)
  • 17th District: Rep. C.B. Embry, R-Morgantown, vs. Rep. Jim DeCesare, R-Rockfield, vs. Rep. Michael Meredith, R-Brownsville.
    (District would keep Butler County, reach into suburban western/southern Warren County and add Edmonson County).
  • 54th District: Rep. Mike Harmon, R-Danville, vs. Rep. Kim King, R-Harrodsburg
    (Boyle County would add southern Mercer County, which includes Harrodsburg. King’s current district is Mercer and Anderson and part of Spencer.)
  • 99th District, Rep. Jill York, R-Grayson, vs. Rep. Rocky Adkins, the Democratic Floor Leader from Sandy Hook
    (Would include Elliott, Carter and part of Lawrence).

While that doesn’t pit two Democrats against each other, Adkins is sitting on more than $200,000 in his campaign account compared to $4,500 for York, who was first elected to the legislature in 2009.

Another district also could affect two incumbents. Depending on who wins the special election to replace James Comer, the new Agriculture Commissioner, in the 53rd District, that new representative — if from Monroe County — would be in the same district as Republican House Floor Leader Jeff Hoover of Jamestown in the 83rd District.

(More details and analysis to come).


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