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  Harper, John
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NameJohn Harper
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Shepherdsville, Kentucky , United States
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Born May 03, 1930
DiedJune 15, 2001 (71 years)
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Dec 25, 2017 05:20pm
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InfoJohn Harper (died June 15, 2001) was a member of the Kentucky House of Representatives from Bullitt County and was the 1987 Republican nominee for Governor of Kentucky. Harper stepped in to run after Larry Forgy surprisingly dropped out of the race. He lost to Wallace G. Wilkinson in a record landslide. Wilkinson carried 115 of Kentucky's 120 counties and won 504,367 votes (64.9%) to Harper's 273,035 (35.1%). Of the five counties Harper carried, one was his home county of Bullitt, and another was Wilkinson's home county of Fayette.

John Harper would later be elected Bullitt County Judge/Executive, a historic victory as the first Republican to win that office, just as he had been the first Republican to win his House seat. Harper served only one term as County Judge and declined to run for a second in 1998 due to his declining health. Harper died June 15, 2001. His widow, Mary Harper, won her late husband's former House seat in 2002 and was re-elected to a second term in 2004.


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Wife Mary C. Harper 00, 0000-Jun 15, 2001

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  11/03/1992 KY State House 049 Won 60.78% (+21.56%)
  11/06/1990 KY State House 049 Won 65.22% (+30.44%)
  11/08/1988 KY State House 049 Won 59.72% (+19.44%)
  11/03/1987 KY Governor Lost 34.91% (-29.59%)
  05/26/1987 KY Governor - R Primary Won 41.42% (+16.64%)
  11/04/1986 KY State House 049 Won 51.35% (+2.71%)
  11/06/1984 KY State House 049 Won 51.55% (+3.11%)
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