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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Saying she wants to move her focus closer to issues affecting Jefferson County, Republican Kentucky State Senator Julie Denton announced on Monday that she will not run to retain her Senate seat next year. Instead, she will run for the 19th District Louisville Metro Council position, which Jerry Miller currently fills.
Denton said the Republican council members have promised her their support and enthusiasm. She said, "I want to take the experience, the knowledge, the expertise, the contacts and relationships that I've gathered in Frankfort and utilize those to serve the people more closely in my community than we can from afar."
Denton was asked what it will be like to work on the predominately-Democratic Metro Council rather than the predominately-Repubican state legislature. She responded, "Well, I've tried to play well with both sides of the aisle."
Denton said when she first ran for the State Senate in 1994, there were several things important to her. One was that U of L get a new football stadium, and another was that Third Street should not be closed to expand the convention center. Both those goals were achieved.
She's been interested in economic development and in lowering taxes, especially for small businesses. And Denton said she has been proud of a bill that made sure more babies were tested for metabolic disorders, which she says has saved the lives of hundreds of babies.