Election for Higdon's seat set for February 2
Posted on December 29, 2009 at 12:56 AM
Beshear calls special election to fill vacant legislative seat
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Dec. 28, 2009) – Gov. Steve Beshear today set the date for a special election to fill a legislative vacancy. The vacancy in the 24th district of the House of Representatives is the result of the resignation of Rep. Jimmy Higdon, who resigned by letter on December 14, having been elected to represent the 14th district of the State Senate. The special election will be held on Tuesday, February 2, 2010 for the district that encompasses Casey, Marion & Pulaski Counties.
KRS 118.730 dictates that governor must issue the writ for a special election for a member of the General Assembly if the vacancy occurs when the legislature is not in session.
In accordance with KRS 118.760, nominations to fill vacancies at special elections are made pursuant to the governing authority of the party in the territory which the election is to be held. Petitions and certificates of nomination may be filed 28 days before the day of election, and if filed with the Secretary of State, shall be immediately certified by the Secretary of State to the proper county clerks per KRS 118.770.