Kay wins Kentucky state house special election

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June 30, 2013


By Geoff Pallay

LEXINGTON, Kentucky: James L. Kay II (D) won a special election to the Kentucky House of Representatives on June 25, 2013. The election filled the vacant seat in District 56, previously held by Carl Rollins, II (D).[1]

Rep. Rollins (D) resigned on April 24 to take a job with the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority. Candidates were chosen by party leaders instead of in primaries.[2][3][4]

If there is a vacancy in the House, a special election must be held to fill the vacant seat. The Governor must call for an election if the House is not in session. The House Speaker must call for an election if lawmakers are in session[5]. All nominating deadlines for special elections are 28 days before the election[6].

June 25 General election candidates:

Democratic Party James L. Kay II Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Lyen Crews
Independent John-Mark Hack

Kentucky House Partisan Breakdown

Party As of April 2015
     Democratic Party 54
     Republican Party 46
Total 100

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