Hilda Legg withdraws from GOP primary for 15th Senate District citing 'moving target' of lines

02/29/2012 06:36 PM

The uncertainty about what the state Senate districts will look like beyond 2012 prompted Republican Hilda Legg to withdraw from the GOP primary for the 15th District, which had been shaping up as a marquee legislative race this spring.

Legg, a former official with the U.S. Rural Utilities Service, ran unsuccessfully for the GOP nomination for secretary of state last year. And she was one of the biggest names in a five-way Republican primary for the right to replace retiring Sen. Vernie McGaha in the district that covers Casey, Adair, Pulaski and Russell counties.

But that district is likely to change once the state Senate tries again to redraw the lines next year. The state Supreme Court last week threw out an attempt at new district lines and ruled that candidates must run under the old map that’s been in place since 2002.

“Given the Kentucky Supreme Court’s ruling to keep the present district lines and the redrawing of these lines less than a year from now; I have concluded that my experience and dedication to serve would be better utilized in a more stable position. The 15th Senate District continues to be a moving target,” Legg said in a statement.

The map the Senate tried to put into place split up the 15th District and moved Pulaski and Russell into the 16th District with Clinton, Cumberland and Wayne counties. The 16th District is represented by Republican Senate President David Williams, who calls Cumberland County home. (Legg previously said she wouldn’t challenge Williams.)

Her withdraw from this year’s race leaves Chris Girdler, who has served as deputy director for Republican U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers, as the favorite in the race.

Also running are A.C. Donahue, a Somerset lawyer and former Green Beret who has been an advocate for homeschooling, Todd Hoskins, an insurance agent from Liberty, and Mark F. Polston, a Somerset lawyer.

Legg told Pure Politics she doesn’t plan to endorse.


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