State Democratic Rep. To Step Down In 2014

Dec 16, 2013

Veteran Democratic state Rep. Jesse Crenshaw of Lexington announced Monday he does not plan to seek re-election in 2014.

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Crenshaw, a Lexington attorney, has spent 22 years representing the 77th District in the state House. As for his replacement, the lawmaker has already thrown his weight behind a favorite:  Democrat J. Michael Haskins.

Haskins is a Fayette County magistrate, who officially filed last Friday to run in the race. He says his priorities include jobs and the restoration of voting rights for non-violent felons. Another potential candidate is Urban County Council member Chris Ford, who said Monday that he "definitely" is interested in replacing Crenshaw.

During his time in Frankfort, Crenshaw has been instrumental in pushing for civil rights, efforts to increase diversity, and securing money for road projects in Lexington.