Carl Rollins

Race for Kentucky House Seat Getting Expensive

May 31, 2013

The race for a House seat representing Kentucky 56th District is getting pricey.

The Courier-Journal reports the three candidates have so far raised a combined total of $147,000 for the seat of Democrat Carl Rollins, who stepped down after being named as head of the state student financial aid agency.

In contrast, Rollins and his opponent raised a combined total of $96,000 for the 2012 general election campaign.

A special election for the seat that includes Woodford County and parts of Fayette and Franklin is set for June 25. The candidates vying for the seat are Democrat James Kay, Republican Lyen Crews and independent John-Mark Hack.

Kentucky state Rep. Carl Rollins isresigning his House seat effective at the end of today, becoming the state first lawmaker to announce his retirement this cycle.

Rollins is resigning to become the Executive Director and the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority and the CEO of the Kentucky Higher Education Student Loan Corporation.

Rollins' represents the 56th Legislative District, which covers part of Fayette and Franklin counties and all of Woodford  County.

The resignation will trigger a special election for the seat, which Governor Steve Beshear has set for Tuesday, June 25. Each respective party will nominee a candidate to run in the election.

The chairman of the Kentucky House Education Committee said arming teachers should be considered a last resort as a way of making schools safer.

The Courier-Journal reports Midway Democrat Carl Rollins made the remarks during a meeting of a new state subcommittee on school safety.

In the wake of the Newtown, Connecticut school shootings--which took the lives of 20 students and six adults--the head of the National Rifle Association and some gun rights supporting politicians said the answer to gun violence in schools was to have armed security guards at every school in the country.

Others have suggested that arming teachers and administrators would be a deterrent to school shooters.

Rollins said allowing school personnel to carry weapons would likely just open the door to increased accidents on school campuses.

Kentucky lawmakers are trying to figure out how the state can improve digital learning across all classrooms in the commonwealth. The General Assembly has formed a task force to review possible legislative changes that encourage using technology in schools.

A bill aimed at overhauling how Kentucky public school teachers are evaluated is headed to the House floor. Kevin Willis has our report.