Pro-Horse Legislators Retain Kentucky Seats

Two Central Kentucky legislators who have been active in raising the profile of the horse industry among the state General Assembly retained their seats in the Nov. 2 election.

Republican Sen. Damon Thayer, also an executive with the National Thoroughbred Racing Association and Breeders' Cup, defeated Democratic challenger Cliff Wallace 25,950-20,826 in the 17th District.

Democratic Rep. Susan Westrom retained her 79th District seat when she defeated Republican challenger Rick Christman by a 9,391-7,264 margin.

Thayer and Westrom co-chair the Subcommittee on Horse Farming, which falls under the Interim Joint Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources. The subcommittee was formed in 2003 to educate legislators on the importance of the horse industry, widely called the state's "signature" industry.

Elsewhere in Kentucky, Democratic Rep. Larry Clark, who ripped the racing industry earlier this year when it was trying to win approval for track-based casino gambling, retained his 46th District (Louisville area) seat. He defeated Republican challenger Trace Chesser by a 10,415-9,283 margin.