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Keene Joins Beshear Administration; Special Election to Be Called


State Representative Dennis Keene is stepping down from his legislative seat to join the administration of Governor Andy Beshear.

The Democrat has represented the 67th District since 2005. Keene will serve as the Commissioner of the Department of Local Government (DLG).

“It has been the greatest honor of my life to represent the citizens of the 67th District in Campbell County,” said Keene, in an announcement. “It is time to turn the page and usher in a new generation of leaders in the Kentucky House of Representatives, so today I announce my resignation from the House of Representatives to take the role of Commissioner of Local Government.

"I hope to bring my experience of working with local communities to the team and will continue to be a strong advocate for Northern Kentucky and communities across the Commonwealth.”

“I am pleased to announce that state Rep. Dennis Keene will join #TeamKentucky as the commissioner of the Department for Local Government,” said Governor Beshear, in the announcement. “Dennis is committed to putting people over politics and he will make a great liaison between my administration and Kentucky's local communities.”

The 67th House District encompasses northern Campbell County and the cities of Newport, Bellevue, Dayton, Silver Grove, Highland Heights, Southgate, Melbourne, and Wilder, where Keene lives.

Keene is one of the two Democrats to represent the three most northern counties in the state, with the other being Buddy Wheatley of the 65th House District which includes Covington, Ludlow, Bromley, and Park Hills.

According to a news release, a special election will be called later to fill Keene's unexpired term. The seat would be up for regular election in 2020 for a full two-year term, as well.

-Michael Monks, editor & publisher