Special Election To Complete Davis Term

Posted On August 03, 2012

U.S. Rep. Geoff Davis (KY-4)

(Hebron, Ky.) – A special election may be held in Kentucky’s fourth congressional district to pick a successor for the retiring Geoff Davis.


The four-term congressman from Hebron abruptly resigned from his seat in the U.S. House of Representatives July 31 citing family health concerns. Davis, 52, was not running for re-election in November, but his leaving early has left the question of who will finish out the final few months of his term.


Republican Thomas Massie is set to go against Democrat Bill Adkins on the November 6 ballot to succeed Davis. They may get the opportunity to take the office before the usual January start of the term.


Under Kentucky and federal law, the state’s governor must call a special election to find a replacement for what remains of Davis’ term. Governor Steve Beshear’s office said he could decide to have a special election as part of the November general election, meaning Fourth District voters would get to vote twice for the same office in one election.


Both parties will caucus to name the special election candidates, presumably Massie and Adkins. Their names would appear on the regular ballot, as well as the special election ballot.


The winner of the special election would take office immediately.




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