|Rachel Roberts (D-Newport) was sworn in on March 3, 2020.|
By Jessie Eden
Rachel Roberts (D-Newport) was sworn in today as the first woman to hold the Kentucky House of Representatives District 67 seat in the General Assembly. Roberts, a small business owner and entrepreneur, won a Special Election on February 25 against Mary Jo Wedding, 64 to 36% (4,604 total votes cast).
Roberts takes over for Dennis Keene, who became commissioner of the Department of Local Government in the administration of Governor Andy Beshear. Keene had held the seat since 2005.
The Kentucky House District 67 represents Newport, Bellevue, Dayton, Wilder, Southgate, Highland Heights, Silver Grove, and Melbourne.
The Kentucky General Assembly is currently in session through April 15th.
“It is my honor to serve the people of Campbell County and of Kentucky,” said Representative Rachel Roberts. “With this being the important, two-year budget session, it is critical that District 67 have a voice during this process for our schools and community infrastructure needs. I’ve been working in Frankfort since the day after the election and I am ready for the job and look forward to hearing from the citizens in my district.”
Roberts’ win in the special election will fill the remainder of Keene’s term until December 31, 2020. She will then take on Southgate City Councilwoman, LeAnna Homandberg, a Republican, in November, for the new two-year term.
Wedding announced yesterday that she would be dropping out of the primary in May.