The process to hold special election to fill 49th House Dist. vacancy

12/14/2017 02:23 PM

With the death of Rep. Dan Johnson, R-Mt. Washington, who took his own life on Wednesday following allegations of molestation, the people of his district will now have to elect a new representative.

The process to call a special election now falls to Gov. Matt Bevin, R-Kentucky, but only for the next three weeks. If there is a vacancy during the legislative session then the writ to call a special election falls to the House Speaker, but since there is not a speaker with the resignation of Rep. Jeff Hoover, R-Jamestown, from leadership that would likely fall to Speaker Pro Tem David Osborne, R-Prospect.

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, D-Kentucky, spoke to reporters on Thursday in Frankfort, saying if Bevin issues the writ the election will follow 56 days from the writ, with parties nominating 49 days before that date.

Grimes said if Bevin does not issue the writ, then the presiding officer in the House would make that call to issue a writ of special election during the session.

Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics available exclusively on Spectrum News. Pure Politics is 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 his coverage of the backlog of DNA rape kits waiting to be tested in Kentucky. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Pure Politics airs weeknight at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News. Follow Nick on Twitter @NStorm_Politics. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or


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