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Thieneman Files for Vacant State Senate Seat

Former Louisville mayoral candidate Chris Thieneman has filed as a Republican candidate for the 37th District state Senate seat, but he could face a close political ally in the GOP primary.

The local developer has been a perennial candidate for years, vying unsuccessfully for mayor, county clerk and Congress. But Thieneman has become a popular activist over the years after first gaining notoriety as a leader of the opposition to the proposed library tax in 2007.

Thieneman says being a critic of Metro Government and working on legislation from outside state government has given him a perspective that he needs to make a difference at the state level.

“Everything that Louisville is comes out of Frankfort, so I want to help Louisville, my home town, my end of town that we’ve always felt has been neglected. And they know I have a strong voice and their best interest at heart. So I feel really good about this race,” he says.

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Former Councilman Considering Bid for State Legislature

Almost a year after becoming the first elected Louisville Metro Council member to lose his seat, former Councilman Doug Hawkins is mulling over a second run for the state legislature.

Last year, Hawkins lost a razor-thin contest against Councilman David Yates, D-25, in what was a nasty local race for the 25th District seat.

It’s been eight months since the outspoken south Louisville Republican left the council with an emotional farewell speech, but he appears eager to get back into public service.

From Pure Politics:

Three years ago Hawkins made an unsuccessful big to unseat state Sen. Perry Clark, D-Louisville, who has been embroiled in his own controversy after comparing President Obama to Adolf Hitler.