Kentucky House of Representatives

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There are 65 contested races in the Kentucky House of Representatives this year, and the political stakes are high.

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After four special elections for vacant state House of Representatives seats on Tuesday, the chamber is still controlled by Democrats.

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Major party candidates have been selected for the special election for the Kentucky House of Representatives 8th District seat vacated by new Justice and Public Safety Cabinet secretary John Tilley.

Christian County Democratic Party chair Jeff Taylor was elected unanimously Thursday as his party’s nominee by the Christian and Trigg County executive committees. Taylor will face Republican businessman Walker Thomas, a former Hopkinsville city councilman.

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Local Democratic and Republican party heads are zeroing in on their candidates for the special election to replace Kentucky state Rep. John Tilley, now set for March 8.

Republican Gov. Matt Bevin appointed Tilley, a Democrat last month as secretary of the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet.

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Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin or state House of Representatives Speaker Greg Stumbo will now have to set a special election for state Rep. John Tilley’s seat after Bevin appointed the Democratic lawmaker as secretary of the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet.

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Kentucky 5th District state Rep. Kenny Imes of Murray has filed to run for re-election in 2016.

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Kentucky Republicans are a member closer toward their goal of wresting control of the state House from the Democratic Party.

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Kentucky House leaders are joining the mayors of the state's two largest cities in lobbying for a local sales tax option.

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  Veteran State Representative Jody Richards is aiming for a return to House leadership as Speaker Pro Tem.  The Bowling Green Democrat is among four others vying for the number two post. 

Richards, who spent 14 years as House Speaker, has been out of leadership since 2009, and says some things have changed since then.

A state lawmaker from Brandenburg plans to run for House Speaker Pro Tem when the Kentucky General Assembly convenes in January. 

Representative Jeff Greer is sending out letters Friday to his Democratic colleagues announcing his plans to run for the leadership post. 

Elected in 2007, he represents Meade and portions of Bullitt and Hardin counties.  Greer told WKU Public Radio that joining House leadership would be good for his constituents. 

"Normally, the leadership team gets the last look at the budget before it comes up for a vote," explained Greer.  "You get to negotiate with the Senate on the budget, and that's a huge responsibility."

The pro tem position became vacant this week when Representative Larry Clark of Louisville announced he’s stepping aside from the post he’s held since 1993.

Democrats maintained their 54-46 advantage in the Kentucky House in last week’s election.  Leadership elections will take place on the first day of the 2015 legislative session which is set for January 6.

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