Executive Director of Monroe County Solid Waste Larry Barker has announced his candidacy for the senate seat to be vacated by Vi Simpson. Barker is a retired Lieutenant Colonel in Army. He says his 28-year military career has provided him with the leadership skills he needs for the position.
Senate Minority Leader Vi Simpson is leaving her senate seat after accepting the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor. Two other candidates have officially announced their campaigns. Monroe County Commissioner Mark Stoops and Monroe County Assessor Judy Sharp are competing for the spot.
The Monroe County Democrats will decide on Simpson’s replacement in a caucus. That candidate will run against Republican Reid Dallas in the November election.