Sen. Denton informed Senate GOP leadership she won't seek re-election in 2014

09/09/2013 11:23 AM

After five terms in the state Senate, Republican Julie Denton of Louisville, has told Senate Republican leaders she won’t seek a sixth term in 2014, the spokeswoman for the Senate President confirmed to Pure Politics.

Denton, who has called a news conference in downtown Louisville for 3 p.m. Monday, already told Senate President Robert Stivers of her plans, confirmed Lourdes Baez, Stivers’ spokeswoman. Baez said she couldn’t speak to Denton’s reason.

Denton, the longtime chairman of the Senate’s Health and Welfare Committee, did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

Denton’s decision could set off a chain reaction across Eastern Jefferson County as Republican officials seek to swap posts.

Denton’s media advisory said her announcement has to do with state and local government. Denton lives in the Metro Council District of Jerry Miller.

Miller lives in a newly-created state House District in Eastern Jefferson County. The 36th District in the GOP-voter heavy suburbs was created as part of last month’s special legislative session to deal with redistricting.

Miller had expressed interest last year when the House drew up a similar new district in a draft of the House map that was later thrown out by the courts.

When reached Monday, Miller said he “can’t confirm anything” but would attend Denton’s announcement.

As for the 36th state Senate District that Denton has represented since 1994, one potential Republican candidate could be state Rep. Julie Raque Adams.

Adams did not immediately return a phone call Monday morning. But she had filed to run for a state Senate seat in 2012 under that year’s draft of the redistricting maps that was later thrown out by the courts.


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