Two Republicans file to run in 2012 for 23rd District to replace Jack Westwood

11/10/2011 04:23 PM

The first two candidates to file for state Senate seats in 2012 are Republicans who want to replace longtime Sen. Jack Westwood of Crescent Springs in the 23rd District in Northern Kentucky.

Will Terwort, a Fort Mitchell city councilman, filed his paperwork on Wednesday — the first day of the filing period.

And Chris McDaniel, a Taylor Mill resident who runs a concrete and construction business, filed for the seat on Thursday. Half of Taylor Mill is in the 23rd District and half of the city is in the 17th District, represented by Republican Sen. Damon Thayer of Georgetown.

McDaniel, an Army veteran, has scheduled a formal kick-off event for his campaign Friday at the Behringer-Crawford Museum in Devou Park.

Westwood, a Republican, decided earlier this year he would not seek another term, as first reported by Pure Politics. He had served in the Senate since 1997.

The 23rd District covers most of northern Kenton County, but it is likely to change slightly in 2012 because of the legislative redistricting process aimed at making the districts roughly equal in population.

(Correction: An earlier draft of this article incorrectly described the current make-up of the 23rd District).

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