Senate Majority Floor Leader Damon Thayer will not run for Secretary of State in 2019

01/13/2018 10:03 AM

FRANKFORT – After considering a run for Secretary of State in 2019, Republican Senate Majority Floor Leader Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown, has decided not to run for the statewide office.

Thayer, who has served in the Senate since 2003, said that he did not want the distraction of running for a statewide office to get in the way of the work that he’s currently doing in the Senate.

“I have determined that the best way to serve my district, my caucus, my party and my state is to stay in the state Senate and focus on this job,” Thayer said. “There’s still a lot of work to be done here, both in my roll as a senator and as Majority Floor Leader, and I really don’t want to be distracted by kicking off a statewide campaign.”

While Thayer says that he will not run for a statewide office in 2019, he did not rule out the possibility of doing so in the future.

“I think everybody in the legislature, they probably wouldn’t admit it, but everybody, at one time or another, considered a run for statewide office and I think that’s certainly a possibility somewhere down the road,” Thayer said. “But, unless something changes drastically, it is going to be unlikely for me.”

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