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Link, Thayer say they won’t run to replace Geoff Davis

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By Bryan Marshall

Two local elected officials will not run for U.S. Congressman Geoff Davis’ Kentucky’s Fourth District seat after his retirement this year.

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Davis, who was elected in 2004, surprisingly announced in December that he would not run for re-election as representative of the 24-county district that includes Grant County in order to spend more time with family.
Potential candidates that have been discussed to run for the Republican’s open seat have included Grant County

Judge-Executive Darrell Link and state Sen. Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown.

Link, a Democrat, said he was encouraged to run, but his focus is on Grant County.

“While it is nice that others believe that I would do a good job of representing the people of the 4th Congressional District and continue to encourage my candidacy, I have no interest in going to Washington D.C,” he said. “As such, I intend to continue to focus on serving the people of Grant County to the best of my ability as judge-executive.”

Link was re-elected in 2010 after beating Republican challenger Steve Wood by less than 50 votes.

Instead of trying to claim Davis’ seat, Thayer said he is running for re-election to the state Senate in 2012.

“I was approached about running for Congress, which was very flattering and humbling, but I feel that right now my energies are best spent on Kentucky issues and serving the citizens of Grant County in the Senate,” he said.