Feb. 2 – Kentucky 24th House District (Somerset and Lebanon Area)
A few months after Jimmy Higdon scored an important victory for Kentucky Republicans in a State Senate seat, his former House seat will be next up on the special election block. Republicans hope to hold onto the seat to avoid giving Democrats an even larger lead in the legislative body. Currently the State House is comprised of 64 Democrats and 35 Republicans with this one vacancy.
The district itself is rural, covering Casey, Marion and Pulaski counties. While it may be in the center of Kentucky, a state known by many for its bourbon production, Casey and Pulaski County are two of 52 dry counties in the state. Just in case you are traveling in the area, the city of Burnside will allow you to drink in restaurants that seat over 100 patrons. (Unrelated to the election, click here to see the alcohol tolerance map of Kentucky (pdf))
Republicans have nominated Leo Johnson. A Liberty resident, Johnson recently resigned from his post in a Casey County drug court to run. To learn more, click here. Democrats have selected Terry Mills, a 59 year old Lebanon resident who recently retired from a long career in the Social Security Administration in Campbellsville.