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56th District Democrats Choose James Kay for State Representative Special Election

At a nominating convention in Versailles on Monday, 56th District Democrats chose James L. Kay II to represent the party in a June 25th special election for State Representative. Kay, a Versailles attorney and Chairman of the Woodford County Democratic Executive Committee, was the unanimous choice to replace former Representative Carl Rollins.

"If elected, James will be a strong partner in the legislature in our efforts to bring jobs to every corner of the state and quality schools to every child," said Gov. Steve Beshear. "As a lifelong resident of the community, he has not only the knowledge but the passion to improve the lives of those that live in this district, and I strongly support his candidacy."

"I am honored and humble to accept the nomination to run for State Representaive in the 56th District. I am deeply grateful for the tremendous amount of support and encouragement I have already received from my neighbors," Kay said, "I am ready to get to work and listen to the issues on the minds of the citizens of the 56th District."

James Kay is a resident of Versailles born and raised in Woodford County. Kay is a member of the Versailles Baptist Church and is active in a number of local civic organizations and charities. In addition to serving as the Chairman of the Woodford County Executive Committee, Kay umpires baseball for the Woodford County Youth Baseball Association and serves on the board of the Bluegrass Chapter of the Red Shoe Society, an organization of young professionals who organize charitable events and volunteer activities affiliated with the Ronald McDonald House Charities.

"We're very fortunate to have James as our nominee and excited about the energy that he’s bringing to this race,” said Dan Logsdon, Chairman of the Kentucky Democratic Party. “I look forward to making sure that James has every resource he needs for this campaign and am confident we’ll keep this seat.”

Kay is a graduate of the University of Kentucky and University of Kentucky School of Law. He has served as Policy Advisory in the Kentucky House of Representatives. Additionally, Kay served as an in-district advisor to former Congressman Ben Chandler.

The 56th District includes Woodford County as well as portions of Fayette and Franklin. The special election will be held on Tuesday, June 25th.