Kentucky Democrat Wins Special Election To Reclaim Seat After Lawmaker's Suicide

Democratic claimant Linda Belcher interjection her supporters following her feat in a special choosing to fill a empty chair for a Kentucky House of Representatives 49th District, on Tuesday in Shepherdsville, Ky.

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Democratic claimant Linda Belcher interjection her supporters following her feat in a special choosing to fill a empty chair for a Kentucky House of Representatives 49th District, on Tuesday in Shepherdsville, Ky.

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The mother of Kentucky state Rep. Dan Johnson, who killed himself final year amid allegations of passionate assault, has mislaid a bid to attain her late husband. The special choosing returned a chair to Linda Belcher, whom Dan Johnson had unseated.

Kentucky State Rep. Republican Dan Johnson addresses a open from his church per passionate attack allegations in Louisville, Ky., in December. A day later, Johnson killed himself.

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Kentucky State Rep. Republican Dan Johnson addresses a open from his church per passionate attack allegations in Louisville, Ky., in December. A day later, Johnson killed himself.

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Belcher — a Democrat who mislaid to Johnson in a Trump call that swept Republicans into bureau statewide in 2016 — simply won a special choosing for Kentucky’s 49th District. She garnered 68 percent of a opinion to Rebecca Johnson’s roughly 32 percent, member hire WFPL reports.

Johnson’s mother announced a day after his genocide that she would find a state House seat.

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According to The Hill, “The Kentucky district is a 18th before Republican-held district to tumble into Democratic hands in a special choosing given Trump won election, a flourishing trend Democrats see as explanation of their party’s movement streamer into a midterm elections. In 2018 alone, Democrats have won Republican-held state legislative districts in Missouri, Wisconsin and Florida.”

As we reported in December, Dan Johnson, 57, was found passed from a self-inflicted gunshot wound on a overpass over a Salt River in Mount Washington. His self-murder following a news by a Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting surveying a series of accusations opposite him, a many critical of that was a purported passionate attack of a 17-year-old lady in a groundwork of a church where he served as pastor. KyCIR is an beginning of Louisville Public Media, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) house that operates 3 NPR member stations — WUOL, WFPK and WFPL.

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The day before Johnson took his possess life, he spoke from a pulpit during his Heart of Fire Church in a Fern Creek area of Louisville to malign a allegations, job them “fake news.” He blamed NPR by name, nonetheless a network conjunction investigated a initial story nor aired or published it.

The Associated Press notes: “Rebecca Johnson denied a allegations opposite Dan Johnson, claiming he was a plant of “an attack from a left.” But a allegations were corroborated adult by an on-the-record talk from a victim, and pages of military papers that were published by [KyCIR] after months of reporting.”

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