Lewis County Judge-Exec Massie officially in 4th District race, hires Sen. Paul's staffer

01/10/2012 05:51 PM

Lewis County Judge-Executive Thomas Massie enters the Republican primary for the 4th Congressional District with strong tea party movement backing and a longtime staffer of U.S. Sen. Rand Paul at the helm of his campaign.

Massie, who is just starting his second year as Lewis County’s executive, had been considering a run since Republican Congressman Geoff Davis announced Dec. 15 that he wouldn’t seek a fifth term in 2012. Soon after, a Draft Thomas Massie for Congress Facebook page popped up as many prominent tea party activists voiced their support.

Massie also has locked up commitments of $100,000 for campaign donations, according to a news release. He has tapped Ryan Hogan, who joined Paul’s U.S. Senate campaign early on — in 2009 — and most recently had served as the head of the senator’s Bowling Green office.

A Lewis County native, Massie graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with two engineering degrees. In 1993, he co-founded the Massachusetts-based company SensAble Technologies, Inc., which developed 3-D touch technology. Many of the 44 patents granted, according to the company’s website, have been used for medical technology to aid in stroke rehabilitation and dental re-construction.

Massie returned to Kentucky by 2002 to a Lewis County farm and won a three-candidate primary in 2010 on his way to the judge-executive post.

Massie, in his statement announcing his candidacy, echoed many of the sentiments Paul articulated during his run for U.S. Senate:

“More than ever Congress needs a conservative, independent thinker who has a track record of innovation and problem solving in the private sector.

“Our founding fathers weren’t career politicians or government employees. In fact, they were farmers, inventors, and small businessmen that came together to craft the most impressive document in the history of government. Our Constitution is packed full of common sense, and that is desperately needed in Congress today.”

Massie joins state Rep. Alecia Webb-Edgington of Fort Wright and Boone County Judge-Executive Gary Moore in the May 22 Republican primary. Oldham County resident Brian Oerther, a teacher, also has announced his intent to run.

So far, no Democrat has announced.

“We need someone who is committed to lowering taxes, cutting government waste, and ending run away spending. I have done that in Lewis County and I will do that in Washington D.C. as your representative.


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