Former Carter County Magistrate Jill York will be the Republican candidate in a Dec. 8 special election to fill a vacant state House seat.
Republican officials from the 96th House District, which includes Carter and Lewis counties, chose York on Tuesday night as their party's nominee at a meeting at the Carter County Justice Center in Grayson. Dallas Burchett of Grayson also sought the nomination.
York, 43, of Grayson, will face Democrat Barry Webb, a repairman and welder for AK Steel in the Ashland area. Democratic officials selected Webb, 50, Monday.
The House seat opened earlier this year when Robin Webb, D-Grayson, vacated it after winning a special election for a state Senate seat. In the Senate, she replaced Republican Charlie Borders, who took an appointment by Gov. Steve Beshear to the state Public Service Commission.
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Democrats now control the state House by a 64-35 margin.
York was appointed a magistrate in November 2005 by then-Gov. Ernie Fletcher. She lost a contest for re-election to the fiscal court.
York, who is single, owns the graphic and creative design business PrintWorks Unlimited Inc. in Grayson. She received a bachelor's degree in psychology from Transylvania University and did graduate work in journalism at Marshall University.
Jobs will be a major issue in the race, York said.
"The challenges facing this region will require a lot of energy. I think I have that to give," she said. "I'm in a place now where I can give back to my community."