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Hubbard Says 2012 State Senate Bid Will Be His Last

Former Kentucky Congressman Carroll Hubbard says he will run for public office for the last time next year.Hubbard, a Democrat, has notified the Kentucky Board of Elections that he will run for the state Senate seat now held by Republican Ken Winters of Murray. Hubbard tells the Murray Ledger and Times that, at age 74, this will be his final bid for public office.Hubbard’s political career began in the state Senate in 1967. He served in Congress from 1975 to 1993, representing the 1st District, but lost his seat after getting caught up in the House banking scandal,then served two years in prison for violating federal campaign finance laws.Hubbard ran unsuccessfully against Winters in 2008. He tells supporters that he believes his chances are better in 2012 because many voters supported a straight Republican ticket in that race.(Information for this story also came from the Associated Press)

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