Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

August 25, 2013

Area solons ponder next move

The Independent

ASHLAND — As a side note to just completed special session, the new boundaries have House Majority Leader Rocky Adkins thinking about moving out of Boyd County and into the 99th district he has represented for 26 years.  We recommend he do just that. It would avoid both Adkins and State Rep. Kevin Sinnette, both Democrats, being in the same 100th District and eliminate an open seat in the 99th District.

Meanwhile, State Sen. Walter “Doc” Blevins says he has not decided whether he will seek re-election in the newly redrawn district. He has plenty of time to decided.

Under the redistricting plans struck down by the courts, Blevins’ new district ran from Rowan County to the Tennessee border, and the longest serving state senator decided not to seek re-election. However, when the courts ordered the district boundaries returned to what they were, Blevins did run and easily was re-elected to a four-year term last November. That means his seat is safe until 2016. That gives him plenty of time to learn the new counties in the redrawn 27th District and decide whether to see re-election in 2016.

Will Blevins run again? At this point, who cares?