- Associated Press - Monday, January 5, 2015

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Some northeastern Kentucky voters will not have a state senator for the majority of the 2015 legislative session.

Democratic State Sen. Walter Blevins resigned from his 27th District seat on Sunday to become judge-executive of Rowan County. On Monday, Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear ordered a special election on March 3 to replace him. State law requires at least a 56-day notice before a special election.

The winner will take office immediately after the results are certified. The 2015 legislative session begins Tuesday and concludes March 24. Lawmakers are scheduled to meet six days after March 3.

The filing deadline is 4 p.m. Jan. 13 for independents and candidates nominated by political parties and 4 p.m. Feb. 3 for write-in candidates.

The district includes parts of Bourbon, Fleming, Harrison, Lewis, Mason, Nicholas, Robertson and Rowan counties.

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