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Grayson Democrat to run for open state Senate seat

FRANKFORT — A longtime state representative will face a Greenup County dermatologist in an Aug. 25 special election for an open state Senate seat.

Rep. Robin Webb, D-Grayson, was nominated by a Democratic committee Tuesday night to run for the spot recently vacated by Republican Charlie Borders. Borders resigned from the Senate on July 15 to take a position with the Public Service Commission.

Webb and Todd Eastham, a former member of the Greenup City Council, were both vying for the Democratic nomination. The nominating committee included members of the Democratic executive committees for Bracken, Carter, Greenup, Lewis, Mason and Robertson counties. Those counties are in the 18th Senate District. The final vote of the committee was not available Tuesday night.

Webb, a lawyer, has been in the House of Representatives since 1999 and represents Carter and Lewis counties.

In a release from the state Democratic Party, Webb thanked her supporters.

"Having represented the two most Republican counties of this district and being the daughter of both a Republican and a Democrat, I know firsthand how to work in a bipartisan manner to best serve the citizens of my Senate district," Webb said.

On Saturday, a Republican nominating committee choose Dr. Jack Ditty, a Russell dermatologist, as its candidate.

Much is at stake in the Aug. 25 special election.

The Democrats want to regain control of the Senate, which they lost in 2000. With Borders' departure, the Republicans hold a 20-16 majority in the Senate, with one independent and one open seat in the chamber.

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