Trigg County voters cast ballots in special election

Four open seats in the Kentucky House of Representatives will be filled Tuesday night. 

Republican Gov. Matt Bevin set special elections for Tuesday to fill seats in districts 8, 98, 54, and 62. Right now, the Democrats have 50 seats and the Republicans have 46. By the end of the day, we could see a 50/50 split in the House. Fifty-one votes are required to pass any legislation.

Republicans and Democrats know what’s at stake. George Zering voted for the Democrat Tuesday, but says he’d be okay with a 50/50 split. 

"I do not want any majority over the Senate or the House" Zering says.

It’s not a party issue for Zering. He says it’s an issue of filling this seat with the best candidate. "I vote for the person and his ideas," he says.

Within District 8, 4,500 voters are in Trigg County. Of those, 2,500 are Democrats and about 1,700 are Republicans.

This doesn’t discourage Chuck Bryan, a Republican who says, although he would like a Republican majority, a 50/50 is a good place to start. 

"I always feel that there’s still that chance that in the democracy that we live in that we can compromise, come together and make a decision," Bryan says.

Although Liz Utzig doesn’t vote based on party affiliation, she says, she wants the Democrats to have a lead because of Bevin’s proposed budget. 

"I don’t want to see the community colleges close down," Utzig says. "These kids that are going to school are going to end up with a monumental debt." 

She says she can live with the idea of a 50/50 split, but she’s worried nothing will get done if that happens.

"It would be a mess," she says. "I don’t know how else to put it."

The Trigg County clerk is hoping for a high voter turn out. She says the more people who come out to vote… the more attention west Kentucky gets in Frankfort.

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