LONDON, Ky. (WYMT) - Leaders from the Kentucky Democratic Party have chosen who they think should serve Kentucky's 21st District.
The pick comes after republican incumbent Tom Jensen announced he was giving up his seat to run for circuit court judge.
KDP officials announced Amie Hacker of Laurel County as their candidate to serve the state's 21st District.
Hacker was the only person nominated at the meeting and executive committee members said it was an easy choice.
“We just need someone that will speak for the middle class people and the work class people and it is time that we move forward and not sit at a stand still like we have been for the last few years,” said Shayne Puckett, the KDP Estill County Chair.
“It is time we have a state senator, we have went for years and we did not have one,” said Tony Ball, the Powell County Chair of KDP.
“I think she will represent Powell County and Menifee County also.”
The small business owner said she can relate to many in the five-county region
“I understand what they are going through,” said Hacker.
“I am not a politician that don't understand when they need jobs, they need a better education for their family.”
Hacker said was “one of them” and was ready to “help them and be a voice for them.”
Her opponent, Republican Albert Robinson, who has previously served in the state senate, said he, too, relates to small business owners.
When asked about his platform, Robinson said “what you see is what you will get.”
He said his platform is “God, gun, country and family.”
“Larger businesses, I usually do not get their support, unions, I don't usually get their support,” said Robinson.
“But it's the small businesses, the little people I try to support.”
The chosen candidate will serve a full four year term. Because Sen. Tom Jensen was running unopposed for his third term, his withdrawal created an opening on the ballot for both parties. The candidate will be chosen during the Nov. 6 election.