Central Kentucky’s 62nd state House district will flip to Democratic hands this year following Chuck Tackett’s victory over Republican Phillip Pratt in the special election held Tuesday.
The district, which covers Owen County and parts of Fayette and Scott counties, had been represented by Republican Ryan Quarles, who was elected last November as Kentucky’s agriculture commissioner.
Tuesday’s special election decided who will serve the remainder of Quarles’ term this year, including the final weeks of the 2016 General Assembly. Pratt and Tackett will face each other again in the Nov. 8 election for the right to a full two-year term.
Tackett, 62, is a Georgetown farmer and former Scott County magistrate. Tackett said he ran because “state government is paralyzed by partisan politics, controlled by career politicians from both parties who are more consumed with scoring political points than solving the serious challenges that face Kentucky families and taxpayers.”