State Rep. David Floyd, R-Bardstown, announced Monday that he won’t seek re-election this year even though he had previously filed to run.
Floyd’s decision opens up another House seat in a year when Democrats and Republicans are competing for control of the chamber. Democrats now outnumber Republicans in the House 50 to 46, but Republicans hope to take control of the House for the first time since 1921.
Floyd, who has served in the House since 2005, told The Kentucky Standard that Chad McCoy, a Bardstown Republican who also filed for the GOP primary election, shares his values and should replace him. Floyd has been absent from the House in recent days to tend to an ill relative.
One Democrat, James DeWeese of Bardstown, has filed for the race.
House Minority Leader Jeff Hoover, R-Jamestown, said in a statement that he was saddened at Floyd’s decision.
“He has served with honor and distinction, and his voice will be missed in our caucus. His family has always been his first priority, and I know how much he enjoys his new role as a grandfather,” Hoover said.
He expressed confidence that the 50th House District, which covers Nelson County, will stay in the Republican fold.