Two Lincoln County magistrates say they would like to see Dexter Todd's wife appointed to serve in his place as magistrate until a special election can be held.
Magistrate David Faulkner said Tuesday afternoon he and Magistrate Joe Stanley agree it would be the right move to fill Todd's empty seat with Brenda Todd.
Dexter Todd died April 19 at the age of 59 after becoming seriously ill following an out-patient procedure at Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center in Danville.
Faulkner said he and Stanley are not motivated by any political preferences, but believe making Brenda Todd magistrate is "the right thing to do."
Faulkner said he approached Judge-Executive Jim Adams about the idea Monday and asked if the fiscal court could call a special meeting to formally recommend Brenda Todd to Gov. Steve Beshear, who will make the appointment.
Adams said he is aware that Faulkner and Stanley want Brenda Todd appointed, but it's up to the governor, not him, to appoint someone to the seat.
"I do understand their reasoning, but I can't recommend anyone," he said.
Faulkner said he believes Adams can have more sway than he says he can.
"I think the judge has more to do with it than the governor does," Faulkner said. "I don't think the governor has a clue who these people are and he's going to ask the judge."
Adams sent a list of 13 individuals who filled out an application to be considered for the magistrate seat to Beshear's office on Friday. At that time, Brenda Todd had not filled out an application, Adams said.
The Republicans who applied for the seat are Dan Barnett, Dwight Hopkins, George Pleasants, Lonnie Pruitt, Marshall Scott, Crab Orchard Mayor Billy Reed Shelton and current District 80 representative candidate Jerry Shelton.
Democrats who have applied for the seat are Vola Brown, Marty Carrier, former Crab Orchard Mayor and former Magistrate Bill Dyehouse, Greg Pruitt, Wayne Price and Wayne Simpson.
Brenda Todd, a Republican, has since filled out and submitted an application, which Adams has faxed to Beshear's office to be added to the list.
Adams said because there are eight Republicans and six Democrats who have applied to be nominated, he feels it would be inappropriate for him to state a preference. Adams said whoever is appointed will more than likely be the candidate in November for his or her party, which isn't something he wants to get in the middle of.
"If the magistrates want to recommend Brenda, I think she would be a fine choice. However, I think everybody on this list would be a fine choice," Adams said. "The governor is the one who appoints and to tell you the truth, I'm kind of glad."
Faulkner said he has contacted others with connections to Beshear in an effort to let the governor know at least two magistrates in Lincoln County want Brenda Todd to be the appointee.
"If it doesn't happen, we at least want (Dexter Todd's) family to know that we tried," he said.