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Kentucky and Mississippi: You have Special Elections on Tuesday ... It is disgusting.” Morrow, a real estate appraiser, posted on his Facebook page that if elected, a top priority would be "four-lane Highways 18 and 475." He also wrote: "Less time ...

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Kentucky and Mississippi: You have Special Elections on TuesdayFind out what you need to know to vote, share, and spread the word.On February 20, Kentucky and Mississippi will hold special elections for the state Houses of Representatives that will help shape how the citizens in those areas liveJessica Post, executive director of the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee, tells Teen Vogue that state legislatures affect nearly every issue you can think of, including “access to health care, reproductive rights, the ability to not experience discrimination at your job in many states you can [still] get fired from your job if you’re gay.” She’s right, and of these two states, Mississippi offers no protections for LGBTQ folks, while Kentucky offers some, for public employees only.These state-level races, while less in the spotlight than federal congressional elections, can truly impact people’s lives and the way our entire country moves forward.Here’s what you need to know for Tuesday.Kentucky House of Representatives, District 49The race: Linda Belcher (D) and Rebecca Johnson (R) will run for the Kentucky House of RepresentativesThe incumbent, Dan Johnson (R), a former pastor, died by suicide in December after being accused of molesting a 17-year-old girl in 2013.Meet the Democratic candidate: “I want to continue fighting to create jobs, help working families, support our children, improve our roads and be a State Representative of whom all Bullitt County can be proud,” Belcher, a lifelong Bullitt County resident who worked as a teacher and principal for over 30 years and also served in the General Assembly, has said.Meet the Republican Candidate: Johnson is the widow of the late incumbent Dan JohnsonShe issued a statement saying she was running to fill his seat because “these high-tech lynchings based on lies and half-truths can’t be allowed to win the day.” She has also taken a pro–medical marijuana stance“I want the politicians to put their big boy pants on and free up marijuana to do what it can do to help our people," Johnson has said.Find your polling place.Mississippi House of Representatives, District 60The race: Morris Mock Jr., Jim Giles, Bob Morrow, and Fred Shanks will run for the Mississippi House of Representatives after incumbent John Moore (R) resigned, citing health reasonsMississippi House Speaker Philip Gunn (R) has said that Moore was facing multiple sexual harassment complaints at the time of his resignation.This race is a “jungle primary,” and in Mississippi a primary candidate must receive a majority of votes cast to win the officeIf no one winner emerges, there will be a runoff election between the top two vote getters on March 13.Meet the candidates: Mock’s Facebook page notes that he is running “to bring change and progress to District 60He will fight for our health care, education and jobs.”Giles’s website opens with a large Confederate flag“I am absolutely a working-class radical like Donald Trump who will fight back against the progressives who have taken over academia, the media, the judiciary, etc.,” he writes on his site“It's not an exaggeration to say, we are on the verge of losing our country and our state to progressivesIt is disgusting.”Morrow, a real estate appraiser, posted on his Facebook page that if elected, a top priority would be "four-lane Highways 18 and 475." He also wrote: "Less time in traffic, more time with your family."Shanks, an NRA member, writes on his site: “I would like to continue to keep Rankin county, it’s [sic] infrastructure and schools strong.”Find your polling place.Related: Guide to Your Local Election BallotCheck this out:follow usFacebookTwitterPinterestRecommended for YouFollow:FacebookTwitterInstagramPinterestWe Heart ItTumblrYouTubeGoogle Plustoggle social menuCondé NastCondé Nast WebsitesAllureArs TechnicaBackchannelBon AppétitBridesCondé Nast TravelerEpicuriousGlamourGolf DigestGolf WorldGQGQ StylePitchforkSelfStyleTeen VogueThe New YorkerThe SceneVanity FairVogueWWiredSite MapContact usNewsletter SignupIn this issueCareersCondé Nast StoreReprints/PermissionsParsons x TeenVogueAccessibility Help

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