Rep. Benvenuti will not seek re-election in 2018

01/26/2018 01:48 PM

State Rep. Robert Benvenuti,R-Lexington, will not seek re-election in 2018, instead seeking to focus on family, he said in a letter signed on Friday.

In the letter, Benvenuti said he weighs weighs his re-election decision every election season.

“Each time, I carefully consider the great measure of time away from family, friends, and profession that would be required to perform at the very best of my ability,” he wrote. “Thinking of the sacrifice made each day by those in law enforcement and our military as well as their families, my service was at best modest, and I was honored to serve our Commonwealth.”

Benvenuti is not backing any particular Republican Party candidate who will file for the seat before the Tuesday Jan. 30 filing deadline, though he told Pure Politics he is confident the GOP will have a good candidate.

The Republican lawyer and former Inspector General for the Cabinet for Health and Family Services has held the office since 2012.

Two Democrats, Josh Mers and Cherlynn Stevenson, both of Lexington, have filed for the Democratic Party to represent the seat.

Nick Storm

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