Special House Election Set In Vacated Position

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Democrats from three western Kentucky counties on Saturday nominated a banker from Marshall County to run for an open House seat.

Will Coursey was picked by the Democrats from Lyon, Marshall and McCracken counties, which make up the 6th District.

The seat was vacated when Democrat J.R. Gray when Gov. Steve Beshear tapped him to be commissioner of the Labor Department.

Coursey was picked during a public meeting with executive committees from the three counties. He was a former executive officer to House Speaker Jody Richards before becoming a lending officer with a banking company in Benton.

Republicans have not picked a candidate. Beshear set the special election for Feb. 5.

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