FRANKFORT — Republican Ken Upchurch of Monticello won a special election Tuesday night to return to his former state House seat from south-central Kentucky.
Upchurch, who represented the House's 52nd District from 1999 to 2011, defeated Democrat Harvey Shearer of Monticello in the special election to fill the unexpired state House term of Republican Sara Beth Gregory.
Unofficial results in the district were 1,666 for Upchurch and 1,153 for Shearer, who works in construction and was making his first bid for public office.
"We're very pleased and honored. It's good to be going back," Upchurch said.
Shearer could not be reached for comment.
The House's 52nd District includes Wayne and McCreary counties and a part of Pulaski County. Party officials in the district selected the nominees.
Gregory, of Monticello, won a special election in December to fill the 16th Senate District seat left vacant by the resignation of Republican David Williams to become a circuit judge.
She had joined the House in 2011. Her House term runs through the end of this year.