Politics
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Tue October 15, 2013

Special Election Set for December to Replace John Arnold in Kentucky General Assembly

John Arnold
Credit Jonathan Meador/WFPL News

FRANKFORT — Gov. Steve Beshear has set a special election for Dec. 10 to replace former Democratic state Rep. John Arnold of Sturgis, who resigned last month after being accused of sexual harassment.

Legislative Research Commission staffers Yolanda Costner and Cassaundra Cooper alleged that Arnold had touched them inappropriately and made vulgar comments. Arnold said in his resignation letter that he had been "destroyed politically" and could no longer be an effective voice for his constituents.

Arnold, a retired chiropractor, had served in the House since 1995.

(Related: Past coverage of the Arnold ethics cases from WFPL and the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting.)

Beshear also set a special election for Dec. 10 to replace Democratic state Sen. Kathy Stein of Lexington, who resigned to accept a judicial appointment in Fayette County.

The elections will be held under the state's newly drawn legislative districts.