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Monday, December 23, 2019

Special election date for House District 67 set

The date for a special election for House District 67 has been set.

Campbell County Clerk Jim Luersen told Fort Thomas Matters that February 25, 2020 will be the day that voters in 31 precincts across the cities of Newport, Bellevue, Dayton, Highland Heights, Silver Grove, Melbourne, Woodlawn and portions of Southgate will have their opportunity to cast a ballot for Dennis Keene's replacement.

The special election will fill the unexpired term which expires on December 31, 2020.

Each county party will nominate one candidate before January 7, 2020.

A statewide primary and general election are already scheduled for May 19 and November 3, 2020, respectively.

Incumbent State Representative Dennis Keene resigned his position in the legislature in favor of an appointment to join the executive cabinet, leaving the house of representative seat in District 67 vacant.

Two candidates from each party have made their intentions known.

Mary Jo Wedding (R-Newport), is a local small business owner. Prior to the announcement of a special election, Wedding had previously announced her intent to run in the upcoming 2020 Republican primary and general election.

Rachel Roberts (D-Newport) has filed to run for the seat at the Democratic candidate. Roberts, a Newport business owner and entrepreneur, ran for State Senate in Campbell, Bracken and Pendleton Counties in 2018 against Sen. Wil Schroder.

It's not known if the parties are considering other candidates for the special election at this time.

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