Tuesday, January 26, 2016

State Rep. Leslie Combs decides not to seek re-election

(AP) — Another veteran Kentucky House Democrat has decided not to seek re-election this year.

Rep. Leslie Combs of Pikeville announced on her Facebook page Tuesday that she will not be on the ballot when Democrats try to maintain their historic control of the House.

Combs did not immediately return calls seeking comment, but the secretary of state's office confirmed she had withdrawn her name from the ballot.

Tuesday is the filing deadline for candidates wanting to run in Kentucky's spring primary.

Combs' decision comes a day after Democratic Rep. Johnny Bell announced he won't seek another term. Bell is a member of House Democratic leadership.

Democrats are clinging to a 50-46 advantage in the House, not including four vacant seats. Special elections to fill those seats are scheduled for March 8.