Sen. Carroll Gibson to end nearly 45 years of public service

04/20/2016 06:37 PM

FRANKFORT – Sen. Carroll Gibson, R-Leitchfield, says that the ability to work with his fellow legislators to solve problems is the one thing that he’s enjoyed most about being in the General Assembly.

Gibson, who has decided that he will not seek re-election for the 5th district seat because of health reasons, served for 32 years as the Grayson County circuit court clerk prior to being elected to the State Senate in 2004.

In reflecting back on his Senate career, Gibson notes that solving issues through negotiations is the one thing that he’s most proud of.

“Working as a group — being able to sit down and work it out, give and take, put your ideals in — listen to those ideals — change a little bit — move forward —get it done,” Gibson said. “That’s the pride of working as a group.”

Gibson already knows what he’ll miss most about being a legislator when he retires in December.

“I think that I’ll miss the relationship that I had with the Senate, and with the House members,” Gibson said. “I enjoyed being with them. I enjoyed working with them.”

Three people have filed to run for the 5th district seat.

Former CEO of Twin Lakes Regional Center Steve Meredith will be unopposed on the Republican side, while two Democrats, Leslie Stith and current Grayson County Magistrate Ricky Alvey will compete for the open seat.

Don Weber

Don Weber is a Video Journalist for Spectrum News and covers politics and education on Pure Politics, Kentucky’s only nightly program dedicated to state politics. Don is a lifelong Kentuckian and a graduate of Northern Kentucky University. He spent many years covering sports in the Northern Kentucky area before shifting primarily to politics. You can watch Don’s work weeknights at 7:00 and 11:30 on Pure Politics, available exclusively on Spectrum News, HD Channels 403 and 715. If you have a story idea you can reach Don at donald.weber@charter.com.

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