Linda Belcher

J. Tyler Franklin, WFPL

The widow of a state lawmaker who killed himself late last year will not run in this year’s primary or general elections to fill her husband’s vacant seat.

Rebecca Johnson announced her candidacy the day after the death of her husband Rep. Dan Johnson, a pastor from Bullitt County, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in December.

Days before, the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting began publishing a five-part series of Johnson detailing years of deceptive behavior, alleged arson and the alleged sexual assault of a minor.

The wife of Kentucky state Rep. Dan Johnson, who killed himself last year amid allegations of sexual assault, has lost a bid to succeed her late husband. The special election returned the seat to Linda Belcher, whom Dan Johnson had unseated.

J. Tyler Franklin

Voters in a Louisville, Kentucky, suburb will soon choose a successor for a Republican state lawmaker who killed himself last year after a woman publicly accused him of sexually assaulting her in his basement when she was a teenager and he was her pastor.

The race offers the first test of whether there's a Trump backlash in Kentucky, a state the Republican president dominated in 2016. But the volatile circumstances complicate Democrats' efforts to reverse their fortunes in a state that has turned decisively against them in recent years.

J. Tyler Franklin

State Rep. Dan Johnson’s wife will face his former opponent in the special election to fill the seat left vacant after Johnson’s death.

Rebecca Johnson was selected by the Republican Party of Bullitt County to be the GOP nominee in the special election, according to Karen Johnson, a member of the county committee that cast votes Thursday night to select a candidate.

The special election is set for February 20.