Republican State Sen. Virgil Moore told about a dozen supporters Friday, Jan. 23, at the Grayson County Courthouse rotunda that he is in the race for a fourth term in the senate.
"I'm here to let you know that I am alive and well, not retiring, and I am running for re-election as your state senator," he said.
Moore spoke to his experience in Frankfort and emphasized his chairmanship of the Transportation Committee, "something this district will lose if I leave the senate."
He called the chairmanship the key to economic and jobs development for the district, which includes Grayson, Breckinridge, Hart, Meade, Hancock and Larue counties.
One surprise endorsement came from Richard Thornton, a Democrat who said he would announce "in a couple days" to run for Moore's seat.
"I've voted for Sen. Moore every time he has run," Thornton said, "but I'll be running for his seat, because I think I can fill his shoes." No other candidates for his seat appeared at the announcement.
Despite recent setbacks ranging from the cold shoulder from establishment Republicans in Frankfort to his poor showing in the recent governor's race, Moore said he didn't "see this race as the toughest one in his career."
"I'm not afraid of opposition," he said.
Moore listed several projects he would keep tabs on, including creating jobs, build ing the state economy, do the best job we can for the schools, building a meat processing plant, building an ethanol plant, continue the Riverport Project in Meade, finish, Ford Parkway exits, and overhaul Hwy. 31W in Hardin County.