Candidates set for state Senate seat in eastern Ky.

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (KT) - The candidates have officially filed for a special election March 5 for a vacant state Senate seat in eastern Kentucky.


The seat in the 31st District, which comprises Pike, Martin, Lawrence, Elliott and Morgan counties, was left vacant by the resignation of Ray Jones after he was elected Pike County Judge-Executive.


The district’s Democratic and Republican executive committees chose two Pikeville men, Democrat Darrell Pugh and Republican Phillip Wheeler, to square off in the special election, and both men filed their candidacy papers with the Secretary of State’s office on Tuesday, the filing deadline day.


Pugh is the owner of Castle’s Jewelry, while Wheeler is an attorney.


According to the Secretary of State’s office, there were no independent candidates who filed by Tuesday’s deadline, although write-ins still have until Feb. 5 to file in order to have their votes counted.

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