Paula Setser-Kissick Launches Campaign for Lexington State Senate Seat

Retired Lexington educator and current Education Consultant Paula Setser-Kissick, D-Lexington, is running for the 12th District state Senate seat currently held by Sen. Alice Forgy Kerr, R-Lexington, who is retiring.

Setser-Kissick is the first Democrat to file for the open Senate seat, and she has a strong name to run on after nearly pulling off an upset against Kerr in 2018 coming up only 722 votes short in the General Election.

“This is no time for political extremism; I am happy to offer a campaign of common sense, community, and building a bright and better future as we fight and ultimately defeat this pandemic,” Setser-Kissick said in a news release announcing her candidacy.

Setser-Kissick plans to run a campaign based on access to affordable health care, fully funding public education, and making South Lexington a great place to live, play, raise a family, and start and run a business.

On the Republican side Lexington Councilwoman Amanda Mays Bledsoe, Lexington Attorney Ross Mann, and coffee shop owner Andrew Cooperrider all plan to run for the GOP nomination for the seat in 2022.

Alice Forgy Kerr has held the seat for 23 years.