Former Lexington CAO Makes Independent Run For Senate Official

Oct 21, 2013

Former Urban County Councilman Richard Moloney has officially filed to become an independent candidate for a vacated state Senate seat.

Former Lexington CAO Richard Moloney
Former Lexington CAO Richard Moloney

Moloney has yet to kick off his campaign – that comes next week – but the former seven-term councilman and Chief Administrative Officer for the city has officially thrown his hat into the ring in the December 10th special election. It will decide who takes the seat formerly held by State Senator Kathy Stein, who left the position for a Fayette County judgeship.

In a statement, Moloney said of his decision to run outside the two major parties: “We need people in office who can work with both Republicans and Democrats to break the logjams that currently frustrate us all.”

Moloney had considered running as a Democrat, but the party picked Reginald Thomas, a lawyer and professor of criminal justice and business law at Kentucky State University in Frankfort, as their candidate.

On the Republican side, another familiar face from Lexington’s council, Chuck Ellinger, has expressed interest. Ellinger ran for the seat in 2008 and lost to Stein.