Three people are mentioned as possible successors to Kentucky State Senator Kathy Stein. The governor this week named the Lexington Democrat to a judicial post in Fayette County. Richard Moloney has experience in local and state government. During his time in Frankfort, Moloney says he worked well with lawmakers from both parties on proposed fee increases.
“So I was able to go work with the Senate, the leadership, which was Republican, and told him my case and also worked with the House Democrats and was able to get both of those passed. A lot of people didn’t think it could be done,” said Moloney.
Chuck Ellinger is a veteran of Lexington’s council. Ellinger plans to seek the Republican nomination for December’s special senate election.
“The Republicans have the majority in the Senate and that way I would be on the majority part there in the senate and it would be very beneficial for Fayette County if I was able to be with the majority party there in the Senate,” said Ellinger.
The third person mentioned as a potential candidate is Reginald Thomas. Thomas is an associate professor in the School of Public Administration, Social Work and Criminal Justice at Kentucky State University. The special election is set for December tenth.