In Crenshaw's retirement, legislature is losing a 'bulldog' who fought for Lexington and disadvantaged

04/10/2014 09:31 AM

Rep. Jesse Crenshaw’s colleagues in the House describe him as tenacious when pushing for his priorities. His fellow Lexington Democrats call him a tenacious campaigner. And all them agreed he has been a tenacious advocate for people who don’t always have a voice in Frankfort.

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Crenshaw is retiring at the end of this year after representing the 77th state House District since 1993.

Fayette County Democrats honored Crenshaw Tuesday night at the party’s dinner. Bob Layton, the party chairman, presented Crenshaw with a lifetime achievement award not only for his diligent work on behalf of Democratic candidates but also for pushing for projects and programs, such as a scholarship program for economically disadvantaged students to go to law school.

“Jesse, we honor you in two ways: First with this award and second with our service to others in the years ahead,” Layton said.

And many of Crenshaw’s colleagues and supporters agreed:

Crenshaw is strongly backing Michael Haskins to replace him in the 77th District. Haskins sat at Crenshaw’s table at Tuesday’s dinner. But Haskins faces George A. Brown Jr. in the May 20 Democratic primary.

_(This is the third in a series on lawmakers who are finishing up their final legislative session because they’ve chosen to retire or run for a different office outside the General Assembly). _

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