Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

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December 13, 2012

16th District special election for Williams' seat draws little attention

FRANKFORT — There’s a special election Tuesday in six counties along the Kentucky-Tennessee border, but because of the timing, one week before Christmas and right after a major national election, it hasn’t drawn much statewide attention.

Republican state Rep. Sara Beth Gregory, a Monticello attorney, and Democrat Bill Conn, a Williamsburg teacher, face off in a Dec. 18 special election to succeed Republican David Williams, who resigned his seat to accept an appointment as circuit judge. Republicans will control the majority in the Senate regardless of Tuesday’s winner.

The 16th District covers six counties along the state’s southern border: Monroe, Cumberland, Clinton, Wayne, McCreary and Whitley counties. The district is about 70 percent Republican registration, a strong advantage for Gregory.

Conn recognizes he has “a great uphill battle” and he says he intends to overcome the advantage in registration for Gregory by going “door to door asking people for their vote and presenting our ideas.” He said that means explaining to voters that he’s a “conservative Democrat” who supports the coal industry and is pro-life and pro-Second Amendment.

“I am a public servant,” Conn said. “The people don’t serve me, I serve the people.”

Gregory “strongly supports the coal industry” and has been endorsed by the National Rifle Association and Kentucky Right to Life.

“I think on the issues, the district is overwhelmingly in agreement with me on the issues and with the Republican Party,” she said.

For the full story, see the print or e-edition of Friday's Glasgow Daily Times.

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