A Lexington minister has been selected as the republican nominee in the race to fill a state senate seat. Fayette County republicans chose Michael E. Johnson to run in the December tenth special election. In a statement Johnson said, “Fifteen years of ministry in the 13th district has created this opportunity for me to serve all of the community and bring change for our next generation through the conservative values that I’ve learned as a member of the Republican Party.”
Lexington Council member Chuck Ellinger had also sought the nomination. A former Council member, Richard Moloney Monday announced he had filed as an independent candidate in the senatorial race. Democrats chose Kentucky State University professor Reginald Thomas last week. The seat became open when Governor Beshear recently appointed long time lawmaker Kathy Stein to a judicial post in Lexington.