By Jack Brammer – firstname.lastname@example.org
FRANKFORT — The general election is over, but several state lawmakers are still scrambling for votes.
Lawmakers must choose their leaders when they return to Frankfort on Jan. 4, and a handful of races remain hotly contested.
The five House Democratic leaders will not seek re-election as a slate, said Speaker Greg Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg.
“Each leader decided to go on his own,” he said.
For House Republican leadership, Danny Ford of Mt. Vernon has been mentioned as a challenger to Minority Whip David Floyd of Bardstown. Meanwhile, Brad Montell of Shelbyville and Jim DeCesare of Rockfield are eying the role of Minority Caucus Chair Bob DeWeese of Louisville.
While Senate Republicans voted shortly after the November general election to keep their leadership team, Senate Democrats met recently to choose their leaders but could not reach a consensus. Senate Democrats are now expected to vote on the first day of the legislative session.
In the first vote, Sens. Julian Carroll of Frankfort and R. J. Palmer of Winchester each got seven votes to replace Ed Worley of Richmond as minority leader. Worley did not seek re-election to the Senate.
Only Senate Minority Caucus Chair Johnny Ray Turner of Drift got a majority of votes in his caucus election.
Sen. Joey Pendleton of Hopkinsville has expressed an interest in replacing Jerry Rhoads of Madisonville as minority whip.