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Democrats will discuss options in Mullins case

The Letcher County Democratic Party will meet Thursday night to discuss what, if anything, it can do about the District 3, Letcher County Magistrate’s race.

Candidate Emory “Fudge” Mullins is still in jail since June 18 on child sex abuse, child pornography charges. He is also charged with retaliating against a witness.

Mullins has been indicted, but has not been convicted of a crime, and he remains qualified to stay on the ballot unless a court says otherwise. He has not submitted a withdrawal letter to the Letcher County Clerk’s office, and even if he were to withdraw, state law would only allow him to be replaced on the ballot if he were unopposed, or if he were removed from the ballot by a judge. Mullins is facing Republican Maverick Cook and Democrat Debra Collier, a write-in candidate, in the fall.

County Democratic Chairwoman Carolyn Lewis said the meeting on Thursday is to let county residents weigh in on the situation. Lewis said she has not chaired the party for very long, and said she has never faced a situation like this before.

Mullins, 61, is being held on a $100,000 cash bond. A longtime florist in Neon, Mullins beat the incumbent magistrate and a former magistrate in the May primary.

Mullins is accused of sexually abusing an eight-year-old girl, of having pornographic materials related to eight separate underage boys, and of threatening the parents of the girl.

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