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Independent files for open legislative seat

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Anti-gambling advocate John-Mark Hack has filed candidacy papers to run as an independent for a vacant legislative seat in central Kentucky.

He'll face Democrat James Kay II and Republican Lyen Crews in the June 25 special election to replace former state Rep. Carl Rollins of Midway. Rollins resigned to become head of the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority.

Hack, who served as an aide to former Gov. Paul Patton, has been one of Kentucky's most outspoken critics of casino gambling.

Kay, an attorney from Versailles, previously worked on the legislative staff of House Speaker Greg Stumbo. Crews ran unsuccessfully against Rollins in 2010 for the seat that represents Woodford County and portions of Fayette and Franklin counties.

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