Monroe County Assessor Judy Sharp has thrown her name in the hat for the senate seat Vi Simpson is vacating. Simpson legally must give up her seat after the state Democratic convention Saturday when she officially accepts the nomination for lieutenant governor.
Sharp says her experience in the financial sector qualifies her for the position. She says much of the time during her 20 plus years as the county assessor has been spent at the statehouse, speaking to legislators and testifying on tax issues.
“I’ve gotten to know the statehouse very well,” she says. “I know all the players up there. I work with them, I’m respected.”
Sharp says she will fight for women’s issues and stand strongly against any amendment to the state constitution that prohibits gay marriage.
“I’m a Democrat and I disagree with a lot that has been going on,” she says.
Monroe County Commissioner Mark Stoops is the only other candidate who has officially announced his campaign. Many analysts predict state representative Peggy Welch will enter the race.
The Monroe County Democrats will decide on Simpson’s replacement in a caucus after the Democratic state convention. Their choice will face Republican Reid Dallas in the November election.