NEWPORT, Ky. — Democratic candidate Rachel Roberts has won the special election to fill a Kentucky House of Representatives seat left vacant when the governor picked the former representative to be a government commissioner.
Roberts, of Newport, took 2,955 votes over her opponent, Republican Mary Jo Wedding of Bellevue, who secured 1,649 votes, according to Campbell County Clerk Jim Luersen.
Roberts will be the first woman to hold this house seat in Kentucky's history.
Residents voted to fill the house seat left vacant by former State Rep. Dennis Keene of Wilder, Ky. Keene was appointed to the position of commissioner of the Department of Local Government by Gov. Andy Beshear in December, 2019.