Former Rep. Alicia Webb-Edgington following 2015 races; doesn't rule out future run for office

01/13/2015 04:29 PM

ERLANGER — Former state representative and 2012 Republican U.S. Congressional candidate Alicia Webb-Edgington believes that a Republican can win the Kentucky governor’s race in 2015 but still believes that more may enter the race.

Webb-Edgington, who was a panelist at the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce General Assembly Preview in Erlanger on Tuesday, says both Hal Heiner and James Comer are strong candidates but she expects more to possibly enter the race, especially on the democratic side.

“I think there’s been some talk about Luther Deaton and I’ve known Luther for many, many years,” Webb-Edgington said. “Will T. Scott is in the race. I think there’s been some talk about Speaker Stumbo getting in the race.”

Webb-Edgington, who held the 63rd district house seat for 5 years and is currently the Director of Business Development for Aprriss, a Louisville based public safety information technology company, admits that she misses many things about being a state legislator.

“I miss the people and the opportunity to have good solid debate,” Webb-Edgington said. “The politics, not so much, maybe.”

Even though Webb-Edgington is no longer in the State House, that doesn’t mean that she doesn’t keep tabs on what’s going on.

“I have frequent conversations with folks from both sides of the aisle and I’m always intrigued by the debate and how people arrive at their vote,” Webb-Edgington said.

Webb-Edgington leaves the door open for a possibility of a return to politics, “you never say never.”

“I still have it in my blood and I will never close the door to any opportunity.”

Webb-Edgington admits that a 30 day session will limit the number of bills passed but feels strongly that a heroin bill is a must for the 2015 session along with updating of the KASPER system which tracks controlled substance prescriptions dispensed within the state. A KASPER report shows all scheduled prescriptions for an individual over a specified time period, the prescriber and the dispenser.

“That KASPER data is 30 days old by the time the folks see it,” Webb-Edgington said. “We need to rebuild that system and we need to invest some of that money we got off the pharmaceutical settlement to build some treatment facilities across the state.

Webb-Edgington retired from the Kentucky State Police as she rose from Trooper to major while serving in multiple capacities. She also served as Executive Director of the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security during the Fletcher administration.


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