Thursday, January 17, 2008

Senate Minority Whip Faces Opposition

Senate Minority Whip Joey Pendleton D-Hopkinsville drew Republican opposition yesterday when a member of Christian Fiscal Court announced his intentions to oppose Pendleton.

Republican Christian County Magistrate Tom Jones announced that he would be seeking the Republican nomination for the 3rd Senatorial District which includes Christian, Todd and part of Logan County. Jones was quoted in the Kentucky New Era that if elected he would focus on the budget, education and business.

Pendleton has held the 3rd district seat since 1993 when he upset Pat McCuiston D-Pembroke who was then the senior member of the State Senate. Sen. Pendleton, a former Magistrate himself, is a dairy farmer in Christian County and has dedicated much of his time in the Senate to agriculture, education and veterans issues. Jones, a former health care administrator, is respected in the Hopkinsville business community but is unknown in the 3rd district which is mostly rural and agrarian.

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