Sen. Bowen announces he is not seeking re-election; Rep. Castlen says he will run for Bowen's seat

01/15/2018 10:50 AM

State Sen. Joe Bowen, R-Owensboro, will not be seeking a return to Frankfort in 2018, but a freshman Republican in the state House has announced he will seek the now open seat.

Bowen has served in the Senate since 2011; he previously served in the state House for a term in 2005.

“It’s been a good ride with a lot of good folks doing a lot of good things but for me it’s time to hang up my spurs. Thanks Sen District 8 it’s been an honor to represent you,” Bowen tweeted on Friday.

Rep. Matt Castlen, R-Owensboro, announced on Facebook Sunday that he would be seeking election to the seat vacated by Bowen. Castlen handily defeated incumbent Democratic Rep. Tommy Thompson in the 2016 election for his seat in the state House.

“There is no higher honor for me than to serve the people of the 14th District in Ohio County and Daviess County,” Castlen said in the post. “I am running for the 8th district Senate seat to advocate for even more residents of Western Kentucky. As Senator, I will continue developing and implementing policies to make Kentucky a place of opportunity for everyone as I have during my first year in the House.”

Castlen continued, “As I have traveled back and forth from Daviess County to Frankfort I have spent countless hours speaking with the people of District 14 about their concerns – jobs, the pension crisis, combating opioid addiction, and many other issues – and I am committed to working across party lines to find answers to these problems.”

Nick Storm

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