Voters To Decide 56th District Special Election Today

Jun 25, 2013

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Voters in Woodford county and parts of Fayette and Franklin counties head to the polls today to select a replacement for state Representative Carl Rollins, who stepped down to take a higher education post.

Kentucky Republicans hope to earn a new spot in the state House while Democrats aim to keep a seat they've held for years as voters in the central Kentucky district prepare to elect a new state representative.

The three candidates spent Monday getting in some last minute campaigning. Vying for the seat are Democrat James Kay, an attorney who has worked for Former US Representative Ben Chandler, Republican Lyen Crews, a one-time financial officer at Midway College, and independent John Mark-Hack, a former agriculture official in the Patton administration.

Crews has focused on fiscal issues, while Kay has campaign on support for public education. While heavily outspent, Hack, who has called for the repeal the 2000 constitutional amendment which authorized annual sessions of the General Assembly, did receive an endorsement from the Lexington Herald-Leader.

Polls will be open from 6 AM to 6 PM.