Rep. Tom Kerr, Rep. Johnny Bell decide not to seek re-election

01/25/2016 07:31 PM

FRANKFORT – Two state representatives, one democrat and one republican, have announced plans not to seek re-election.

Rep. Johnny Bell, D-Glasgow, and Rep. Tom Kerr, R-Taylor Mill, have decided to step down at the end of their term this year.

The 50-year-old Bell, an attorney and the current Democratic House Whip, has served since 2008 after defeating former state Rep. Steve Nunn in 2007.

House Speaker Greg Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg, who admitted that he was still trying to talk Bell out of not running, praised Bell for his work in the House.

“Representative Bell has been a great representative,” Stumbo said. “I think the world of him personally. I know he has demands at home with his businesses and his law practice, and having gone through that I know what he’s going through.”

Stumbo said that Bell’s announcement did not catch the Democrats off guard and Bell has a person in mind to be his replacement, 57-year old Glasgow City Councilman Joe Trigg.

“He is a veteran of three wars, very well respected in that community,” Stumbo said. “I told Johnny to tell him that he’s about to go into his fourth war and this may be the worst one that he’s ever been in.”

Meanwhile, the 65-year-old Kerr, who has served in the House for 32 years, felt that the time had come for him to step aside.

“After much thought and prayer I decided that 32 years is enough,” Kerr said. “It’s time for new blood and give someone else the opportunity to represent the people of the 64th district.”

Kerr is endorsing Kim Moser, the director of the Northern Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy, who has filed to run as a Republican to replace him in the 64th House District. The district includes part of Kenton and Campbell counties.

“She will do very well and her conservative principles are certainly aligned with the principles that the people in the 64th district hold dear,” Kerr said.


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