N.Ky. Update: Koenig runs for re-election not Congress; Shawn Baker's 1st fundraiser for Senate

12/29/2011 03:18 PM

State Rep. Adam Koenig, R-Erlanger, told Pure Politics on Thursday that he has decided to run for a fourth term in the state House and not join the Republican primary for Congress.

“I found myself thinking I’d rather spend my time helping other Republicans get elected rather than trying to get myself elected to Congress,” Koenig said.

Koenig, who ran for state treasurer in 2003, said he didn’t think he’d be able to successfully juggle the demands in Frankfort as a state lawmaker while at the same time campaigning across the 4th Congressional District in Northern Kentucky.

One state representative, Rep. Alecia Webb-Edgington of Fort Wright, is going to be doing that. She and Boone County Judge-Executive Gary Moore already have announced their intent to run in the GOP primary for that seat to replace retiring U.S. Rep. Geoff Davis.

Koenig said he will not be endorsing any candidate in the Republican congressional primary race — or the open 23rd state Senate seat.

Shawn Baker says first state Senate fundraiser attracted 125 donors

Speaking of that Senate race, Shawn Baker, a former executive with L’Oreal Cosmetics, said her first fundraiser on Dec. 19 attracted about 125 people.

Baker said she is still receiving checks so doesn’t have a total yet. But she said the response was “well beyond my expectations.”

Two former Republican state senators — Dick Roeding and Clyde Middleton — served as Baker’s co-chairs for the event, which was held at the the Lookout Farms clubhouse.

Two weeks ago, Baker filed a letter of intent with the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance to raise money to run for the state Senate.

Baker, a Republican, technically has filed those fundraising papers for the 11th District now represented by GOP Sen. John Schickel of Union.

But Baker lives in Crestview Hills, which sits in one of only three Kenton County precincts in the 11th District. The 11th also covers Gallatin and Boone counties.

Because Boone County has grown so much in the last decade, it has more than 118,000 people — enough for its own state Senate district.

That makes it almost a certainty that during the redistricting process lawmakers will go through starting next week, the 11th District will shed those Kenton County precincts to the neighboring 23rd District.

That will be an open seat race in 2012 in light of the retirement of four-term Republican Sen. Jack Westwood of Crescent Springs.

So far, two other Republicans have filed for the GOP nomination in the 23rd District: Fort Mitchell Councilman Will Terwort and Taylor Mill businessman Chris McDaniel.


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