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Special election date set for seat held by late Lexington Democrat Lamin Swann

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The next person to win the Kentucky House seat held by the late Rep. Lamin Swann will be determined in November.

Swann’s time was cut short in mid-May after he was hospitalized following a medical emergency. The Democrat’s passing drew more than a hundred to a public gathering, where he was praised as a kindhearted but fierce advocate for the underserved.

Wednesday, Gov. Andy Beshear remembered his time with the lawmaker.

"We miss him and we continue to hold his family in prayer," the governor said. "Lamin held the 93rd District seat in the House of Representatives, a seat that must be filled in order to continue Lamin's legacy."

To that end, Beshear announced that the special election for the seat will be held on November 7, coinciding with the general election. The governor said combining the two will allow election officials in the district to avoid duplicating their efforts.

Swann served during just one legislative session, but was well-known as an activist for progressive causes.

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.