Louisville, Ky. (WHAS11) - A spokesman for the family of Kentucky Representative Dan Johnson released a statement Thursday quoting the lawmaker’s widow stating that she wants to replace her late husband.
David Adams’ statement read:
Kentucky Rep. Dan Johnson's widow Rebecca will seek to replace him in the state legislature.
"Dan is gone but the story of his life is far from over," Mrs. Johnson said.
"These high-tech lynchings based on lies and half-truths can't be allowed to win the day. I've been fighting behind my husband for thirty years and his fight will go on."
A contest for the seat held by the Bullitt County Republican would have to be filled by special election.
The preacher turned politician died Wednesday night, the Bullitt County Coroner ruled the death a suicide.
There has been no call for a special election as of yet, but when it happens, Rebecca Johnson’s statement makes it clear that she wants to be the Republican nominee. State law requires the county political parties to nominate a candidate for a special election.
Former State Representative, Democrat, Linda Belcher has already voiced an interest in running against Dan Johnson in the fall of 2018. Johnson defeated Belcher by 156 votes during a contest that drew national headlines following controversial Facebook posts by Johnson.
Linda Belcher won her seat after the death of her husband Larry, who was the 49th District State Representative, died in a 2008 car crash.
If Rebecca Johnson and Linda Belcher face each other in an election, the contest will pit two widows against each other for the Kentucky House seat their late husbands held at the time of their deaths.