Politics & Government

Two Danville lawyers picked to battle in special House election

Bill Noelker
Bill Noelker

Two Danville lawyers will face off in the special election on March 8 for the 54th district seat in the state House of Representatives.

Late last week, the Boyle and Casey County Republicans and Democrats made their picks: the Republicans picked Daniel Elliott and the Democrats chose Bill Noelker. Both have law firms in Danville.

They will battle over the seat vacated by Mike Harmon, who was recently elected State Auditor. The 54th district includes Boyle and Casey County.

A native of Boyle County, Elliott attended Bellarmine University and the University of Louisville Law School.

Noelker is a former U.S. Navy fighter pilot who served suring operations Desert Shield and Deset Storm. After a career as a commercial pilot, he attended the Salmon P. Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University, graduating in 2010.

This special election is one of four March 8 with big consequences. If Republicans win all four seats, both parties will have 50 of the 100 seats in the House.

The other three open seats are the result of Ryan Quarles of Georgetown being elected state agriculture commissior, and Gov. Matt Bevin’s appointments of Democrat John Tilley of Hopkinsville as his justice secretary and Democrat Tanya Pullin of South Shore as an administrative judge. The other three open seats are the result of Ryan Quarles of Georgetown being elected as state agriculture commission, Gov. Matt Bevin’s appointment of Democrat John Tilley of Hopkinsville as his justice secretary and Democrat Tanya Pullin of South Shore as an administrative judge.

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