COPE Committee backs Belcher in Bullitt

The Kentucky State AFL-CIO COPE Committee has voted to endorse Democrat Linda Belcher in the Feb. 20 special election for the House District 49 seat which became vacant upon the death of State Rep. Dan Johnson, a Republican.

The district encompasses Bullitt County.

Johnson committed suicide last month following a report alleging that he sexually assaulted a girl in 2013. His widow, Rebecca Johnson, also a Republican, is seeking to replace him.

Belcher held the seat for three terms before Johnson narrowly defeated her in November 2016.

"The COPE endorsement is based upon your strong record of support for Kentucky’s hard working men and women and your commitment of continued support for the Kentucky State AFL-CIO and its affiliated unions,” State AFL-CIO President Bill Londrigan wrote Belcher.