Shake-up in district: Republican replaced by Democrat

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Terry Mills now represents LaRue County

By Linda Ireland

 Due to redistricting, LaRue County will have a new state representative – and be in a new district.

Incumbent Republican Michael Lee Meredith of Brownsville, as he faces the final year of his two-year term, will be representing the 17th District which will consist of his home county, Edmonson, Butler and part of Warren. The redistricting lumped three serving Republicans in the same district.

In the May primary, Meredith will face fellow Republican C.B. Embry Jr. of Morgantown.

A third Republican from Meredith’s district, Rep. Jim DeCesare of Rockfield, is running for the newly-created 27th Senate District that reaches into Warren County, his home precinct. 

Meredith said he has mixed emotions about the redistricting.

“I will miss serving LaRue and Hart Counties,” he said. “But I’ll always lend a hand and an ear (to residents).”

“LaRue County will always have a special place in my heart,” he added. “It wasn’t just the election – I’ve always been welcomed with open arms wherever I went. I can’t say enough good things about LaRue County.”

LaRue County is now in the 24th District which also includes Marion and Washing-ton Counties. Terry Mills, a Democrat from Lebanon, is the representative. Mills’ old district consisted of Casey, Marion and part of Pulaski Counties.

He was elected in a special election in 2010 to fill the unexpired term of Jimmy Higdon.

Mills, 61, has already filed to run for re-election in the May primary. He said he will be getting out to meet people in LaRue County during the year. 

“I’m honored to be able to represent LaRue County,” he said. “I’ll be getting myself out there to get to know the people and do the best I can to serve.”

Mills worked for 35 years in the Social Security Administration office in Campbellsville. He has a degree in business administration from Western Kentucky University.

The second of 12 children, he is a Marion County native. He and his wife of 41 years, Patty Lee, have three children and four grandchildren.

Phinis Vernon Hundley, a Democrat, who lives in LaRue County, filed Jan. 6 for the 19th District which formerly included LaRue, Edmonson and Hart Counties.