FRANKFORT — Republican George Myers, a member of the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Council, filed Thursday to run for the state House from the 79th District, now represented by Democrat Susan Westrom.
Myers is serving his fifth consecutive term as Lexington's 8th District councilman. Westrom has represented the House district since 1999.
"It is with great excitement that I announce my candidacy for the 79th House District race," Myers said in a news release. "As a Lexington councilman for the last 10 years, I have seen firsthand the issues facing the 79th House district, as both a resident and elected official, and I believe this election is the right opportunity for me to address those issues in an even larger capacity."
Myers said he is running for the state House "because I want to ensure that Lexington is a place where my children, and our community's children, will not only grow up with opportunities to succeed, but also stay for the friendly business environment and exceptional quality of life."
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If elected, Myers said, he will focus on jobs, creating more opportunities for Kentuckians, and making Kentucky an attractive place to do business.
He also said education is a priority.
Myers, a Tates Creek High School and University of Kentucky graduate, runs his insurance agency and is a founding partner in National Diversity Solutions, a Lexington-based firm. He and his wife, Elizabeth, have two children.