DJ Johnson is no longer challenging the recount for Kentucky’s 13th District House Seat against State Representative Jim Glenn.
Johnson and Glenn have been locked in a heated battle for the house seat representing part of Daviess County. All this comes nearly a week after Johnson paid $10,000 for the recount that ended in a tie over the weekend.
“The whole point of an election is to have the people pick who is going to be the representative so we were taking it from the people picking to basically a coin toss,” says Johnson.
“I did not know it was coming. That was a surprise,” says Jim Glenn, State Representative.
Republican DJ Johnson says there were two courses of action that could’ve possibly happened which was a special election or a coin toss. Johnson wasn’t too fond of either and felt it would impact people in that district.
Johnson says he made the decision after Glenn and his legal team announced they would likely go to court.
“When it came to the point I understood all they were going to do was carry this thing out in courts for as long as they possibly could, I knew this wasn’t the right thing for our district. It wasn’t the right thing for the people,” says Johnson.
The recount ended in a tie over the weekend which is rare.
“We’ve never had a recount in Daviess County. I don’t think the legislatures ever had anything like this happen specifically with coming down to this close of an election,” says Richard House, Daviess County Chief Deputy Clerk. “And the way that this was handled this time was unique so it was probably a first for everyone.”
Glenn says with Johnson bowing out, he can get down to business.
“It allows me to take care of the business of the people of the 13th district, which is why I was sent. Allows me to focus and not split my time between fighting a court case and working in the state house,” says Glenn.
“I’m passionate about the principles and the things that we are doing to make the 13th District in Kentucky a better place,” says Johnson.
Johnson says he is looking forward to living a more normal life for a while and that he’s not ruling out a run for the 2020 election.