Hunter Bates opts not to run for 4th Congressional District

12/19/2011 11:30 AM

Hunter Bates, the Oldham County-based lobbyist and former chief of staff to U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, told Pure Politics on Monday that he wouldn’t be candidate for Congress in Northern Kentucky next year.

Bates said he still hopes to one day run for office but with three young children, now was not the right time.

Here’s his full statement:

“My heart continues to be for public service and I look forward to the day when the time is right. But today is not that day.

A father gets one shot to do right by his children in their formative years, and I will continue to make that my focus.

I look forward to working with the GOP nominee to ensure that we maintain principled, conservative leadership in the 4th Congressional district.”

Bates and Campbell County businessman Kevin Sell both decided not to run for the GOP nomination for the 4th congressional district citing family reasons. The congressional spot opened up after U.S. Rep. Geoff Davis, R-Hebron, decided not to seek a fifth term in 2012.

Republican Rep. Alecia Webb-Edgington, R-Fort Wright, announced she would run. Others looking at the race include Republicans such as state Sen. Katie Stine, R-Southgate, Lewis County Judge-Executive Thomas Massie, Boone County Clerk Kenny Brown and Northern Kentucky lawyer Marcus Carey.

Democrats include Fort Mitchell businessman Nathan Smith, former state legislative candidate Linda Klembara and Campbell County Commissioner Ken Rechtin.

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