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Winchester Republican Donna Mayfield will not seek re-election saying politics ‘too vicious’

By Tom Latek
Kentucky Today

Rep. Donna Mayfield, who said at a candidate’s forum that politics is “too vicious,” will not seek re-election to the Kentucky House.

The Secretary of State’s office said the Winchester Republican’s official paperwork to withdraw from the race was received on Monday.

Rep. Donna Mayfield

“Politics has become too vicious,” Mayfield was quoted as saying by the Winchester Sun. “I’ve lost my love for public service.”

Mayfield represents the 73rd House District consisting of Clark and part of Madison County.

During the forum, Mayfield listed her successes in office, which she said included strengthening Kentucky’s public pension system, adoption and foster care reform, and legislation to protect Kentuckians from gang-related crimes.

However, the ugly side of politics got to be too much, she said.

Some people “enjoy spreading lies and vicious rumors as they hide behind a keyboard in the dark at night,” she said. “This past legislative session has been the darkest, nastiest session.”

Mayfield said representatives have received “frightening and profane messages” and some legislators have had their houses broken into and others have been pushed.

“Unfortunately, this unacceptable behavior has carried its way all the way down to our county as well. There is absolutely no reason for people behave in such a manner as I’ve seen,” she said. “I no longer have room for this in me and my family’s life,” she said.

“Therefore, I’m withdrawing my name from the ballot.”

Mayfield is giving her support to Les Yates, who will be the only Republican on the ballot. Pat Banks and Rory Houlihan are running on the Democratic ticket.

She ended by saying she hopes the people who have displayed “nastiest” will change.

“I pray that you will find a way to rid yourself of that darkness,” she said.

The Secretary of State’s office says there will be no voting in the GOP primary for the 73rd House District seat, since Yates is the only Republican candidate left. He will be issued a certificate of nomination after election day.

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