FRANKFORT, Ky. (KT) - The Kentucky Supreme Court acted quickly Friday to reverse a lower court’s ruling in a Louisville judicial race.
Danny Alvarez, the winner of the May primary in the Jefferson District Court race, died the day after election. He would have been in a runoff election against Tanisha Hickerson, who was second, in the race for the Jefferson District Court seat.
Karen E. Faulkner was third, only 17 votes behind, and sued to be put on the ballot in the November general election against Hickerson.
The State Board of Elections said since Alvarez died after the election, there was no provision in the law for the second- and third-place finishers to move up, so only Hickerson’s name would appear on the ballot.
Faulkner’s suit was upheld by Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd.
However, just a few hours after hearing the case, Chief Justice John D. Minton issued a brief order Friday afternoon stating the case was reversed and vacated and that Faulkner’s name will not appear on the November ballot.
Minton said since there was an Aug. 27 deadline to certify the candidates, preparing a full opinion was not possible at this time, but will be forthcoming.