LANCASTER - Now that Sixth District Congressman Ernie Fletcher is governor-elect Fletcher, he will have to resign his seat in Washington. Kentucky Rep. Lonnie Napier, R-Lancaster, wants to fill it.
"I'm going to try to get the special nomination, yes," said Napier.
That 'special nomination' would come from a meeting of the Republican party made up of people from all 16 counties in the sixth district. Democrats will have a similar meeting sometime after Fletcher resigns from Congress. Both parties will then submit their respective candidate to face off in the election scheduled by the governor. That election would take place within 35 days, according to information from the Kentucky Secretary of State.
An independent candidate could also file for the special election provided that he or she gets 400 people to sign a petition.
Napier expects the special election to be held around Jan. 15 or 20. Since the deadline for filing for political office is Jan. 28, whoever is elected to the U.S. Representative seat would likely file for the 2004 election as well.