With the stunning election of Mike Harmon to the Auditor’s office in November, members of both parties are shuffling around finding the next state representative to represent District 54. Special elections always pose a challenge and this challenge is amplified with the 2016 General Assembly convening in just 14 days.
Tom Tye, chairman of the Boyle County GOP said that he has four possible nominees to seek the seat when a special election is called.
Tye, in a phone interview, stated that his county committee and the Casey County GOP will, “unlike other parties, we are selecting this via caucus, no back door politics here, no hint of secrecy.” He put forth four potential nominees.
Daniel Elliot. Daniel Elliot is an attorney in Boyle county. He holds a political science degree from Bellarmine University and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Louisville. As an attorney he is in general practice for himself in Danville.
Politically, he is the Vice Chair of the Republican Party in Danville and has interned for Senator Jim Bunning in his Washington, DC office.
Steve Evans. Steve Evans is the only person who has filed to run for the seat. Evans is a former educator from Boyle County.
Tom Ellis. Tom Ellis is a retired healthcare executive and has been a pollworker for elections in the past.
James Monroe. James Monroe is a retired Danville Police Captain and is active in the Boyle County GOP as a Precinct Captain.
On the democratic side, in a phone interview with Richard Campbell, the Boyle County Democratic Party chairman, BlugrassConservative has learned that they are still trying to come up with potential candidates to run in the special election.
Recently in an article by David Brock at the Advocate Messenger, Campbell did name former Commissioner of Local Government Tony Wilder as a potential candidate, but after speaking with Campbell he said that Wilder was no longer interested in running.
“Our local committee will meet soon to see who will be interested in the race” said Campbell.
Even with a 2-1 Democratic registration in the district, it appears that the Boyle and Casey County GOP committees are much better prepared than their Democratic counterparts.