Thursday, December 19, 2002

Jan. 28 election set for Mongiardo seat

The Associated Press

FRANKFORT - Some local voters will go to the polls at the end of January to elect a state senator.

Gov. Paul Patton ordered a special election Jan. 28 for a state Senate seat being given up by Democrat Daniel Mongiardo of Hazard.

The seat is for the 17th District, which includes all or parts of Grant, Kenton, Owen and Scott counties.

The district formerly was made up of Perry, Harlan and Bell counties. Republicans who control the Senate gerrymandered the district in an attempt to get rid of Mr. Mongiardo, with whom they had strained relations.

However, Mr. Mongiardo won election in a new district for Perry, Harlan, Bell and Leslie counties. He resigned the 17th District seat, effective Jan. 7, the day the General Assembly convenes to organize.

Party leadership for the counties will decide who will run for the seat.

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