Long-Time Lawmaker Won't Seek Re-Election

A long-time state lawmaker from South-Central Kentucky will not seek re-election in 2008.

After almost two-decades in the state legislator, Republican Richie Sanders of Franklin, announced Oct. 16 he will end his term in the state Senate next year.

"I've had the opportunity to serve 18-years in the the legislator, three terms in the House and three terms in the Senate. I have two young daughters--one is five and one is 18-months. I just feel like I need to spend time with those girls," Sanders explained.

Sanders didn't want to speculate who would run for his seat, but did say that he wanted to announce his intentions early so anyone interested in running would have plenty of time to file.

John Rogers, a Democrat from Glasgow, has begun fundraising for the 9th District seat.

Sanders represents parts of six counties including Edmonson, Barren, Metcalfe, Green, Allen and Simpson.

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