FRANKFORT — Richmond businessman Lee Murphy, who has managed several political campaigns, filed Friday to run as a Democrat for the state Senate seat being vacated by Democrat Ed Worley.
“I’ve been on the sidelines of political campaigns for years and decided it was time to run,” said Murphy, 46.
Worley announced earlier this week that he would not seek re-election to the 34th Senate District seat, which includes Madison, Lincoln and Rockcastle counties. He said he wanted to spend more time with his family and is being encouraged to run for the office of secretary of state next year.
Murphy is president of Chapel Communications, an Internet provider service, and Kindred Creek Partners, which owns Fantastic Sam salons in Richmond, Winchester and Lexington.
He was a special assistant to Lt. Gov. Daniel Mongiardo last year and an intern to Gov. Martha Layne Collins in 1984 and 1985. He was on the board of the Richmond Chamber of Commerce from 2000 to 2008, and a delegate to the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver and the 2004 national party convention in Boston.
A native of Richmond, Murphy has managed several political campaigns since 1995, including county coordinator for Ben Chandlers’s 2004 bid for Congress, field manager in Madison, Clark, Estill, and Rockcastle counties for Mongiardo’s U.S. Senate campaign in 2004 and field coordinator for Beshear’s 2007 run for governor.
Other candidates who filed previously for the 34th Senate seat are Democrat Michael S. Cope of Richmond and Republicans Jared K. Carpenter of Berea and Kent J. Kessler of Richmond.
In the 30th Senate District in southeastern Kentucky, Democrat Johnnie L. Turner of Harlan filed Friday against Republican incumbent Brandon Smith of Hazard.
Senate President David Williams, R-Burkesville, also filed Friday for re-election. So far, he has one opponent, Republican Denver D. Capps of Burkesville.