Courier Journal, Sheldon S. Shafer, @sheldonshafer
A day after longtime Republican state Rep. Bob DeWeese said he wouldn’t seek re-election to his 48th District House seat centered in eastern Jefferson County, former Louisville Metro Councilman Ken Fleming filed to replace him.

Fleming, a fellow Republican, would probably be a strong favorite over any Democrat who might file for the office because the district is tilted heavily in favor of the GOP in voter registration.

Fleming was a charter member of the Metro Council, taking office in January 2003 upon merger of Louisville and Jefferson County. He represented the 7th District. He announced in January 2014 that he would not seek re-election to the council, saying, “My interest in public policy remains strong. I plan to remain engaged and keep my options open for future office.”

Fleming, a Louisville businessman, was elected to three, four-year council terms. He is a former mayor of the suburban city of Brownsboro Village and a former commissioner of the city of Riverwood.

DeWeese, 83, has held the House seat since 1993. “It’s time to say goodbye to Frankfort and return home to spend more time with my family,” the retired surgeon said in announcing that he is not running for re-election. For many years, he served as chairman of the House Republican caucus.