Special Election For Kentucky Senate Seat Set For March 5th

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin has called a special election to fill a vacant state Senate seat in eastern Kentucky.

The election will be March 5th in Senate district 31, which includes Elliott, Martin, Lawrence, Morgan and Pike counties.

The Republican and Democratic parties will each nominate one candidate for the election. Independents and candidates from other political organizations can also file. The filing deadline is 4 p.m. on Jan. 15th. Write-in candidates must file a declaration of intent with the Secretary of State’s office no later than 4 p.m. on Feb. 5th.

Democratic Sen. Ray Jones had held the Senate seat since 2001. He resigned after he was elected judge executive of Pike County in November.

Democrats control nine of the Senate’s 38 seats. Republicans control 28 seats.