LANCASTER — The game of musical chairs that has been the run-up to the 2012 state legislative elections has lost another player with the withdrawal of former Lincoln County school superintendent Larry Woods as a Democratic candidate for the 36th District House seat.
Longtime state Rep. Lonnie Napier, who has represented the district, plans to retire and did not file for re-election.
Woods’ exit from the race means Bradley “Bud” Montgomery is now unopposed for the Democratic nomination. The Republican nominee will be decided in the May 22 primary.
Garrard County Economic Development Director Nathan Mick and Lancaster farmer Jonathan Shell will square off in that race.
County Election Deputy Kevin Montgomery said his office received a notice from the Secretary of State’s Office that Woods had withdrawn effective April 3. No reason for the withdrawal was available, and attempts to contact Woods have been unsuccessful.
“We are sent the notice because we are required to put it up at each precinct,” Montgomery said. “The ballots have already been printed, and his name is already on there. He could still get votes, but they won’t count.”