State Sen. Alice Forgy Kerr not seeking re-election

Published: Jul. 29, 2021 at 6:25 AM EDT
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Republican Sen. Alice Forgy Kerr of Lexington announced Wednesday that she will not be seeking re-election in 2022.

“I make this decision knowing that there are other capable individuals in the district that will give voters a choice as to who will represent the 12th Senate District beginning in 2023,” Kerr said in a statement to WKYT.

Kerr has represented Fayette County and the 12th senate district since 1999.

Recently, Kerr spearheaded an effort to have a statue of Alice Allison Dunnigan, the first African American Journalist to cover the White House, erected in the Kentucky State Capitol and Statuary Hall in Washington, D.C.

In 2020, Kerr was one of several Kentucky lawmakers to call for a ban on conversion therapy. Senate Bill 30 never made it out of committee.

Kerr’s decision not to run means voters in the 12th Senate District will have new names on the ballot.

One name will be Andrew Cooperrider. The Lexington business owner who tried to get Governor Andy Beshear impeached announced his plans to run for the state senate seat.

The candidate filing deadline for the 2022 race is Jan. 7. The 2022 primary election day is May 17.

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