Thayer says he won't seek GOP nomination for auditor

11/10/2010 12:50 PM

Republican state Sen. Damon Thayer of Georgetown said he will run for re-election to his Senate seat in 2012 and will not seek statewide office next year.

Thayer said on Pure Politics in September that he was considering running for state auditor, which will be an open seat because Democrat Crit Luallen is term-limited.

Thayer, 43 and the father of two, said a big part of his decision was related to his family.

“Having to run statewide and be away from them for a large period of time just wasn’t something that I wanted to do at this point,” he said.

But he also said the results of last Tuesday’s elections also factored in. Republicans had a net gain of two seats. Including independent Sen. Bob Leeper of Paducah — the budget chairman who caucuses with the GOP — that gives the party a constitutional majority.

And Thayer said that as chairman of the Senate’s state and local government committee, he’s looking forward to playing a key role in the redistricting process in 2012. Other key issues that falls into his committee are election and campaign finance reforms, government transparency and the public pension system set-up.

“At this point in my life, I’m a policy guy,” Thayer said.

So far, Democrat Adam Edelen, who was the chief of staff to Gov. Steve Beshear, and Republican John Kemper, who ran unsuccessfully for the GOP nomination for the 6th congressional district last spring, have announced their candidacies for auditor.

Thayer said he hasn’t heard of other names and has not chosen to endorse yet. ¬†Thayer has represented the 17th state Senate district in Scott, Grant, Owen and part of Kenton counties since 2003.

- Ryan Alessi

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