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STATE SENATE: David Eaton

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By Scotty McDaniel

After 34 years serving the citizens of Shelby County in one form or another, David Eaton said he is hoping for a new position to serve from: State Senator.

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Simpsonville's City Administrator is throwing his name into consideration for a 20th district state Senate seat that Sen. Gary Tapp is vacating in 2010.

"After careful thought and prayer, and with the urging of many citizens, I am excited about the opportunity to run for this seat to serve all the citizens of the 20th District," he said in a press release.

Eaton, a Democrat, started as a teacher in the county, spent 10 years as a city council member, 8 years as Shelbyville's mayor and is now in his fifth year as Simpsonville's City Administrator. It's that variety of experiences that he said makes him confident he can look out for the needs of the citizens of District 20 - which is comprised of Shelby, Bullitt and Spencer Counties.

To me some of the major issues are education and job creating," he said. "And I've been involved in all of those areas here in Shelby County."

Just as much as his experience, he said it's his personal values that make him a good candidate because they mesh with the values of the district.

"As a conservative Christian Democrat, my values of faith family, and country are in step with the values of the majority of citizens in his district. I can promise you that no one will work harder to protect those values than I will," he said.

Eaton is the first candidate to announce his intentions to run since Tapp revealed in May that he will not run for reelection after the end of his second term. He has endorsed Paul Hornback, a Shelby County Republican, as his successor. Tapp also had served in the state House of Representatives.