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February 1, 2012

Four from county in legislative races

Deadline extended; constitutionality questioned

RICHMOND — A Frankfort judge Tuesday extended the state filing deadline until next Tuesday while he considers a constitutional challenge to the legislative redistricting plan passed by the General Assembly, but Madison County residents are vying for election in three of the county’s four new districts.

Madison County was drawn out of the 36th District that now includes all of Garrard and Lincoln counties, and incumbent Rep. Lonnie Napier, R-Lancaster, in office since 1985, has not filed for re-election.

In the 81st District that includes Richmond and a central strip of the county running down US 25 to take in two Berea precincts, incumbent Rita Smart, D-Richmond, had no primary opposition Tuesday.

In the Nov. 6 general election, she would likely would face Mary R. McGill Long of Berea, who is unopposed for the Republican nomination.

Smart’s 2010 Republican opponent Tiffany Nash, whose home now lies in the 80th District, is one of four candidates in that Republican primary.

If the district is not redrawn, no Democrats file by next Tuesday and no independent enters the race, the Republican will be elected.

The 80th District includes most of western Madison County, all of Rockcastle County, a thin strip along the northwest Pulaski County line and all of Casey County.

The other three candidates in the 80th District are Roger Coldiron and Mark Eaton of Mt. Vernon and Todd Hoskins of Liberty.

In the 88th District

that includes southwest Fayette County and most of northeast Madison County, John C. Tudor of Richmond is the only Democrat in the race.

Incumbent Bill Farmer, R-Lexington, will face Jamie Clark of Lexington in the Republican Primary.

In the 91st District, which takes in the southeast corner of Madison County, incumbent Ted “Teddy” Edmonds, D-Jackson, is unopposed. The district includes all of Breathitt, Estill, Lee and Ousley counties.

Bill Robinson can be reached at or at 624-6622.

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