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Covington State Rep. Goes for Leadership Post as Legislative Session Begins

UPDATE: Simpson was defeated, reportedly by just one vote in his bid to unseat Larry Clark (D-Louisville). All of the Democratic leadership remained the same except for Caucus Chair which went to Sannie Overly (D-Paris) who unseated Bob Damron (D-Nicholasville) and is the first woman elected to caucus leadership. 


Covington's longtime State Representative Arnold Simpson (D) is making a challenge for a leadership post within the Democratic caucus in the Kentucky House of Representatives. That vote will happen Tuesday in Frankfort as the General Assembly convenes for its new session. Simpson, a resident of Old Seminary Square, spoke with cn|2 Pure Politics this week and said that his challenge to longtime House Speaker Pro Tem Larry Clark of Louisville is nothing personal:

“It’s a new legislative body at this particular point, therefore, I think that my candidacy will give the caucus a choice and it’s not to say anything negative about the current choice,” said Simpson. This is the second straight leadership election in which Clark has found himself challenged. Two years ago, former Speaker of the House, Jody Richards, D-Bowling Green, narrowly lost his bid to unseat Clark.

Simpson said, if elected Speaker Pro Tem, he would have the best interest of the entire commonwealth in making decisions among the five leaders of the majority party. But it also would give a voice to Northern Kentucky in those leadership meetings — something the region hasn’t had since Jim Callahan retired in 2004.

“I think having someone from Northern Kentucky at the table will heighten the awareness of the needs,” Simpson said.

Full story with video: cn|2

Photo: Rep. Arnold Simpson

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