After 32 years, Walter Blevins looks to end one political career while starting another

04/11/2014 10:15 AM

Sen. Walter “Doc” Blevins isn’t retiring from the legislature … yet.

But he’s running for another job — Rowan County judge-executive — in a six-candidate Democratic primary. And if he wins his party’s nomination and, later, the job in the November election, he would have to resign from the legislature two years before his term expires.

It would be quite a change for Blevins and the General Assembly. Blevins, 64, has spent half his life in the legislature and the last 22 years in the Senate.

In that time, the dentist from Morehead has been present for some of the biggest shifts of power in Frankfort of the last two decades, as he was among a small group of Democrats who joined with Senate Republicans in a leadership take-over in 1997.

All the while, Blevins has maintained his focus on programs and projects aimed at improving life for Eastern Kentuckians — chiefly through schools.

If Blevins were to lose the judge-executive race, he would return to the Senate but says while it’s still too early to say, he would probably lean towards not seeking another term when the 27th Senate District seat is up for re-election again in 2016.

(This is the fourth in the series on lawmakers who are in their last legislative session. In Blevins’ case, this could be his last session because he’s running for another job.)


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