Spotlight: As a former teacher, Westwood has fought for career training bill

03/28/2012 07:53 AM

Retired private school teacher Jack Westwood established himself as one of the more conservative members of the state Senate but it was education-related legislation that has been his main focus during his 16-year tenure in the legislature.

Westwood, a Republican from Erlanger who announced last August that he is retiring at the end of the year, has pushed for four sessions for his bill that would provide for high school students to take more classes through the community and technical colleges to prepare them for specific careers.

So far, it has hit a road block because of the expected cost of assessing students and training educators for the program.

Nevertheless, Westwood is hopeful some version of his bill will pass this session. It is currently pending in the House.

Westwood looks back on his time in the legislature since knocking off then-incumbent Joe Meyer in 1996, which was the last time a challenger defeated an incumbent senator in the general election until Democrat Dennis Parrett did that in 2010.

Westwood isn’t endorsing in the Republican primary for the 23rd state Senate district between Chris McDaniel, a Taylor Mill businessman who is receiving strong support from key Northern Kentucky Republicans, and Will Terwort, a Fort Mitchell councilman who volunteered for Westwood’s campaigns.

A Democrat, James Noll of Villa Hills, also has filed for the seat.

Pure Politics will be airing interviews with each of the 12 lawmakers who are retiring at the end of 2012. (That doesn’t count Rep. Alecia Webb-Edgington who is not seeking re-election to the House because she is running for Congress).

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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