Redwine, White

Bill Redwine and Richard White

FRANKFORT – Democrats and Republicans have announced their candidates for the special election to fill the unexpired term of state Rep. Rocky Adkins.

Adkins resigned his seat in December as 99th District representative for the counties of Elliott, Lewis and Rowan. He has taken a senior advisory position with Gov. Andy Beshear.

The special election is Tuesday, Feb. 25. The deadline to file as a candidate was Tuesday, Jan. 7 at 4 p.m.

The candidates were announced in separate press releases.

Local Republicans nominated Richard White of Morehead to be the GOP candidate.

“I support President Trump and his commitment to the economic growth for Eastern Kentucky,” White said. “As a businessman of over 44 years, I understand how to create jobs and the role education plays in our global economy. As a pro-life Christian, I will stand up for your most important constitutional rights, the second amendment, freedom of speech and religion.”

White is founder and president of Richard White Wood Products and former owner and developer of Cliffview Resorts.

He is a former co-chair of the Rowan County Republican Party and was the Rowan County chair for George W. Bush for President.

William H. “Bill” Redwine of Morehead filed as the Democratic nominee on Tuesday, Jan. 7, at the secretary of state’s office in Frankfort.

“Rocky Adkins was a difference maker for the people of the 99th District and throughout eastern Kentucky,” Redwine said. “Our next state representative must be a difference maker, someone who will continue building on Rocky’s legacy. I am prepared to be that kind of state representative.”

Redwine is a native of Sandy Hook and served in various administrative roles at Morehead State University for nearly 40 years.

He is a former chair of the Rowan County Board of Education and past president and active member of the Morehead Optimist Club.

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