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This year's race for State Representative just became even more important.
Citing a battle with cancer, Democrat Doug Mullins has dropped out of the 51st District race.
Mullins, a current Campbellsville City Council member, ran unopposed in the May primary. He would have faced Republican John "Bam" Carney in the November General Election in an attempt to fill the term vacated by Russ Mobley, R-Campbellsville.
Mobley will not seek re-election for health reasons.
Because the filing deadline has passed, an individual cannot file to fill the vacancy, according to Taylor County Clerk Mark Carney. Only the Democratic Party can select a new candidate.
And that nomination will be an important one.
Our representative, who also serves Adair County, is our voice in state government. That representative has a say in what grant funds and laws we as Taylor Countians receive and have to abide by.
Bryan Bennett, chair of the Taylor County Democrats, said the Taylor and Adair county Democrats will meet and nominate a new candidate. He said the groups are awaiting the go-ahead from the state. Once Mullins' withdrawal is certified, the committees will have 10 days to nominate a new candidate.
Bennett said the groups have no candidate in mind as of yet.
That candidate will have large shoes to fill in Mullins' place.
Since we don't know yet who will face Bam Carney in November's election, it's even more important that we use the few months left until that race is decided to select the best representative.
The new candidate will certainly have lost some time campaigning, but it's up to all of Taylor County's voters to make the effort to get our new candidate's thoughts on how he or she will represent us.
It's always important to vote, but this time we will have a bit less time to choose who we think will represent us best.