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Haydon, Higdon get nods for Senate race

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By Stephanie Hornback

Jodie Haydon got something better than candy on Halloween - a spot in the race for the state’s 14th District Senate seat. Haydon was selected unanimously Saturday morning at the Democratic Executive Committee meeting at the Bardstown-Nelson County Civic Center. He was the only candidate nominated.

Haydon, a Bardstown Democrat, served in the state House of Representatives 1997-2004. He will face House District 24 Rep. Jimmy Higdon, R-Lebanon, in a special election Dec. 8.

Higdon, who is in his fourth term as a representative, was selected unanimously Tuesday to run for the Senate seat at a meeting of the Republican Executive Committee in Campbellsville.

The special election is necessary following the appointment of Dan Kelly to the 11th Judicial Circuit, Division 1, judgeship. Kelly held the 14th Senatorial District seat, which includes Marion, Mercer, Nelson, Taylor and Washington counties, but resigned to become a judge.

The winner of the election will serve the remainder of Kelly’s term through 2010, but must run again in the Primary Election May 18, 2010. Candidates can begin filing Nov. 4 for the seat, and the deadline to file is Jan. 26.

Haydon and Higdon both filed to raise money for the Primary Election prior to the meetings of the Republican and Democratic executive committees.

Locally, Washington County Clerk Glenn Black said the election will cost between $15,000 and $20,000, and he said he estimates the total cost for all five counties to approach a total of $150,000.

Look for more on the upcoming special election in future issues of The Springfield Sun.