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Bill Aims To Stop Last Minute Party Switches

Democratic State Sen. Reggie Thomas has filed a bill that would put a stop to last-minute party changes for candidate in special elections.

Senate Bill 79 would mandate that the candidates run with the same party affiliation they had as on the preceding January 1 – bringing special election law in line with the rules for November general elections.

If enacted, the bill would prevent a special election like the one in which the senator competed in 2013.

Last Dec. 10, Thomas defeated Richard Moloney, an independent, and Michael Johnson, who switched parties to run as a Republican when Thomas was selected as the Democratic candidate.

Thomas says the law would merely close a “loophole” in existing election law, but his former opponent, Richard Moloney, told the Lexington Herald-Leader, “I don't know if that benefits Lexington. It benefits himself.”

Johnson has not commented on the bill.

Josh James fell in love with college radio at Western Kentucky University's student station, New Rock 92 (now Revolution 91.7). After working as a DJ and program director, he knew he wanted to come home to Lexington and try his hand in public radio.
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