Sen. Blevins not running in 2012 but endorsing Ralph Hoskins for 25th district; Shawn Baker files for 23rd senate

01/31/2012 02:32 PM

Longtime Democratic state Sen. Walter Blevins won’t run in 2012 to stay in the General Assembly after the Republican-drawn Senate map carved up his district and placed him in the same one with the GOP floor leader.

Instead, Blevins is backing a newcomer to challenge Republican Sen. Robert Stivers in the newly-created 25th Senate District. Democrat Ralph Hoskins, a long time Clay and Jackson County educator, filed his paperwork to run for the Senate seat Tuesday morning.

Blevins, who is at the start of his 31st year in the General Assembly, said he’s not sure what his next move will be but that it was time for something different.

Hoskins said he’s “tired of seeing the games played,” in Frankfort. “We should be working on our our budget, but we’re up here worrying about redistricting, and trying to fight lawsuits that shouldn’t happen.”

Senator Blevins says he will do everything he can to help Hoskins win the Senate race.

Shawn Baker announces her candidacy for 23rd District Senate seat

Longtime business woman, Shawn Baker, filed her paperwork to join the Republican primary for the 23rd Senate District. Baker will face Republicans Chris McDaniel and Will Terwort for the GOP nomination.

Baker says she can bring a fresh view to Frankfort and points to her 25-years in the business community where she covered a $40 million area for a cosmetics company; she says she gained major leadership experience and is use to the issues and negotiations of big business.

Nick Storm

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