By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

HOPKINSVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Democratic State Sen. Joey Pendleton of Hopkinsville has suspended his campaign, after the death of his opponent's father.

The Kentucky New Era reports Pendleton said in a written statement, he is putting politics on hold out of respect for the family. Thomas Westerfield, the father of Republican Whitney Westerfield, died Tuesday afternoon in a farming accident. Whitney Westerfield is running against Pendleton for the 3rd District Senate seat.

Pendleton said in the statement he was "saddened" by the death and his "thoughts and prayers" were with the family.

Thomas Westerfield, a former executive director of the Pennyroyal Center, was 72. Christian County Sheriff Livy Leavell says Westerfield's tractor hit a ditch as he was clearing a cornfield and he was thrown from the vehicle. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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