FRANKFORT, Ky. (Oct. 15, 2013) — Gov. Steve Beshear on Monday set a special election date to fill vacant legislative seats in the 7th House District and the 13th Senate District. The 7th District is vacant because of the resignation of Rep. John Arnold and the 13th District vacancy is a result of Sen. Kathy Stein’s circuit judge appointment, made Monday.
Each special election will be Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013.
The 7th House District includes Davis, Henderson and Union counties while the 13th Senate District includes part of Fayette County.
Kentucky law dictates that the 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.
“Holding the special election in December means the citizens of each district will have representation in the next session of the General Assembly,” Beshear said. “This session will review several significant issues in the commonwealth, and it is critical that all Kentuckians have a voice in the legislature.”
The next session of the General Assembly is scheduled to begin on Jan. 7, 2013.
The winners of each election will take office immediately upon certification of the election results and the administration of the oath of office.