2014 primaries: Tea party activist Deb Sheldon to seek District 24 Senate seat

11/04/2013 08:04 AM

Deb Sheldon, an activist in the tea party in Campbell County, on Monday became the second Republican to announce intentions to run for the 24th District Senate seat in 2014.

The seat is currently held by Senate President Pro Tem Katie Stine, who decided not to seek reelection after spending 20 years in the General Assembly and the last 13 in the state Senate.

Sheldon, a mother and veteran, who has not previously held public office, joins Wilder Attorney Wil Schroder II in seeking the Republican nomination. Schroder announced last month his plans to run. Sheldon is married to Troy Sheldon, who last year was elected as the Republican Party chairman for the 4th Congressional District after strongly backing U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie in last spring’s GOP primary.

Sheldon said that she is not a tea party candidate but does embrace the tea party platform.

“What it really does is bring the Republican Party back to its original purpose which is limited government, free market and fiscal responsibility,” said Sheldon.

Sheldon says the biggest reason that she’s running is that Frankfort is beginning to resemble the dysfunction in Washington.

Sheldon said, “I think we need to have good, strong, conservative voice, or more of them in Frankfort and I just don’t think another lawyer is going to be able to fix the problems there.”

Sheldon says that she will work to increase funding for Northern Kentucky University to ensure that it receives funding at the same levels as other state colleges and universities as well as introduce legislation to legalize school choice in Kentucky.

She also stands with Agriculture Commissioner James Comer, Congressman Thomas Massie and Senators Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell to re-introduce industrial hemp as a cash crop for struggling farmers.

“We need to make it a new cash crop for the farmers. We need it to be a new revenue stream so they can get back to farming and take care of their families,” said Sheldon.

To date, no Democrats have expressed interest in running for the seat, which favors Republicans. The 24th District covers Campbell, Pendleton and Bracken counties in Northern Kentucky.

Don Weber

Don Weber is a Video Journalist for Spectrum News and covers politics and education on Pure Politics, Kentucky’s only nightly program dedicated to state politics. Don is a lifelong Kentuckian and a graduate of Northern Kentucky University. He spent many years covering sports in the Northern Kentucky area before shifting primarily to politics. You can watch Don’s work weeknights at 7:00 and 11:30 on Pure Politics, available exclusively on Spectrum News, HD Channels 403 and 715. If you have a story idea you can reach Don at donald.weber@charter.com.

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