Democrats on Tuesday won their 37th state legislative seat since Donald Trump became president. Linda Belcher, who is a former public school teacher and state representative, easy beat her Republican rival Rebecca Johnson, who is the widow of the previous holder of the seat.
Belcher won 68% of the vote in winning the 49th District seat, which is a little south of Louisville. Johnson received only 32% support.
Jessica Post, who is the executive director of the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee, believes that Belcher won because of her dedication to improve her local community. She went on to say that the campaign Belcher ran demonstrated her determination to advocate for the ordinary people of Kentucky, and that she will tirelessly work on the behalf of families and students and all the people of Bullitt County.
This is not the first time Belcher has represented the 49th District. She previously held the seat twice before. Once between 2009 and 2012, and again between 2014 and 2017. She narrowly lost the seat to Johnson’s late husband, Rep. Dan Johnson, in November 2016. The seat became open after the scandal-plagued Johnson committed suicide last December.
While one state legislative seat in Kentucky is not going to change the course of the nation, Democrats gleefully noted that the district Belcher won is hardly liberal. It overwhelming supported Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election, with Trump winning 72% of vote and Clinton receiving only 23% support.
So far Belcher has not announced any specific policies she would champion in the legislature, but after winning the election she made a statement in which she expressed a desire to maintain funding for Bullitt County public schools, as well as to support working families. She also said that she wanted to make sure that the county gets its fair share of road and infrastructure funding.