Politics & Government

Democrats choose Woodford party leader to run for vacant Central Kentucky House seat

FRANKFORT — James L. Kay II, chairman of the Woodford County Democratic Party, will be the party's nominee in the June 25 special election to fill a vacancy in the 56th District of the state House of Representatives.

The seat, left vacant by the recent resignation of Democrat Carl Rollins of Midway to become chief executive of Kentucky's higher education loan agencies, covers Woodford County and parts of Fayette and Franklin counties.

Kay, an aide to House Democratic leaders, was chosen by acclamation by district party leaders Monday night in a meeting at the Woodford County Courthouse in Versailles, said Daniel Logsdon, chairman of the state Democratic Party.

Kay was the only person nominated, Logsdon said. Kay did not return phone calls seeking comment. Logsdon said it would be Kay's decision whether to stay on as Woodford County Democratic chairman.

Republican leaders in the district will meet soon to select their nominee, said Joel Schrader, chairman of the Franklin County Republican Party.

Schrader said he thought the GOP nominee probably would come from Woodford County. "If our nominee comes from elsewhere, it's likely House Democrats would redistrict them out of the district when they draw new legislative boundaries," he said

With Rollins, the state House had 55 Democrats and 45 Republicans.

Republicans are looking to become the majority in the House next year, when all of its 100 seats are up election.

Steve Robertson, chairman of the state Republican Party, noted that Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney carried the 56th District.

Democrats hold the majority in the district. It has 18,125 registered Democrats and 10,256 Republicans. But Republicans have been competitive in the district in recent years.

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