Nominees for Representative Bunch's position

By: Jerrika Insco Email
By: Jerrika Insco Email

Democrats and republicans in Whitley County have decided on one candidate for the job.

State Representative Dewayne Bunch resigned a few weeks ago which leaves his position as state representative open.

Now, the decision is up to local party leaders in Laurel County.

Although Whitley County party leaders have made their decision, they have no idea who Laurel County will choose to represent them.

Both Whitley County chairmen say anything could happen.

"I think she should have the right to carry out her husband's wishes," said Nancy Jones, Republican Party Chairwoman in Whitley County.

Democrats and republicans agree Regina Bunch, Dewayne Bunch's wife, is the right person for the position.

Both parties in Whitley County are putting politics aside. They have decided to support the best candidate for the job.

The incident that put Representative Bunch in the hospital also put two teenagers behind bars.

He resigned from his position as state representative nearly three weeks ago.

"Knowing what the family has went through, I just think that they'll stand by and wait and see. Now if she does a good job, that's left up to the democrats if they want to run somebody," said Donnie Witt, Democratic Party Chairman in Whitley.

But for now, the democrats will not have a nominee to represent their party.

They support Regina.

"I think you cut across the aisles. You see what's happened in Washington. And we've got to cross the aisles and do what we think is right. I think this is the right choice. I think she is," said Witt.

"You know anything can happen, but I think she would be the right choice," said Jones.

Local party leaders in Whitley County agree that Bunch's best interest is at heart with Regina in his seat.

"I think that she should at least have the job and fulfill his term, and if she wants to run again that's fine," said Witt.

In the meantime, everyone is praying Representative Bunch recovers and returns to work in Frankfort.

Republicans in Whitley and Laurel Counties are meeting tonight at 6 at Corbin Primary.

Whitley County Democrats have decided to hold a meeting tomorrow at 7 p.m.

The special election will be on December 20th.

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