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LA GRANGE – A La Grange resident is entering the race for the 4th District U.S. congressional seat being vacated by Rep. Geoff Davis.
Brian Oerther, 41, a conservative Republican who teaches math for Jefferson County public Schools, is one of seven Republicans and two Democrats who have filed for the position.
Republicans are filing for the election after Davis, a four-term Republican congressman, announced Dec. 15 he will not run again in 2012. He said he wants to devote more time to his family.
Shelby County was moved into District 4 after the reapportionment approved two weeks ago by the General Assembly.
A father of three, Oerther said he is active in local political parties and keeps up with state and federal legislation.
He describes himself as an “everyday, hard-working man” who is able to relate to those he would represent.
“I will fight to bring jobs to Kentucky and our district to help reduce the current unemployment rates,” he said.
Oerther said he would work to repeal current legislation threatening Kentucky coal companies while introducing legislation to decrease energy costs and lead to energy independence.
He said increasing the profitability and sustainability of family-owned farms is another important issue, as is tackling insider trading.
“My election will send Washington the message we are no longer willing to sit back while they line their pockets at our expense,” Oerther said.
The seat would be Oerther’s first public office. He previously ran for mayor of La Grange in 2010.
Oerther and his wife, Mary, have three children. He is a member of Immaculate Conception Church and head soccer coach for South Oldham Middle School.
4th district congressional race
William R. Adkins, Williamstown
Greg Frank, Corinth
Marc Cary, Sparta
Alecia Webb-Edgington, Fort Wright
Thomas Massie, Lewis County
Gary Moore, Boone County
Brian Oerther, La Grange
Walter Schumm, Crestwood
Tom Wurst, Kenton County