Winner of open seat 50th Dist. House race will play role in deciding majority control

10/19/2016 03:26 PM

BARDSTOWN – When Rep. David Floyd, R-Bardstown, decided that he would not seek re-election for personal reasons, both Democrats and Republicans eyed the 50th District seat as one that might be obtainable, and go a long way towards who will control the Kentucky House of Representatives.

Floyd, who has served in the House since 2005, has endorsed Republican nominee Chad McCoy, a Bardstown lawyer who is opposed by Democratic candidate James DeWeese, a business agent with Teamsters Local 89.

McCoy feels that his background makes him uniquely qualified for the job.

“They write, pass, analyze laws – number two, they have to do budgeting, – and number three, they have to represent the people of their county,” McCoy said. “Well, I’m an attorney, I’m also a small business owner, and I also have a business background in that I’m a finance major, economics minor, so, that’s what I studied, and finally I’ve represented folks.”

DeWeese promises to be in the forefront in dealing with legislation that will benefit the Nelson County district.

“As a state legislator, I’m going to be very hands on making sure we get the road projects completed that we need, and the things that Nelson County deserves,” DeWeese said.

According to the State Board of Elections latest statistics, Nelson County has 19,115 registered Democrats to 10,622 Republicans, with approximately 2,800 voters classified as “other” or independent.

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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