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PADUCAH (AP) — State Sen. Bob Leeper has filed paperwork to run for McCracken County judge-executive.

Media reported Leeper, an Independent from Paducah, submitted signatures on Monday to get his name on the ballot in the Nov. 4 election.

Leeper had announced in October that he wouldn’t run for Senate again. He served in that role for 23 years.

Leeper said his top priority if elected would be to “build a consensus” among community leaders.

“Basically, I just want to use the experience I’ve had in Frankfort in building consensus and do that at the fiscal court level,” he said.

“The main function (of the Fiscal Court) is dealing with the county’s budget,” said Leeper, who chairs the Senate budget committee. “I would use my expertise if I’m elected and try to work with officials at every level and keep moving the community forward.”

Incumbent Van Newberry told local media outlets on Monday that he would not seek re-election. Newberry and Deputy Judge-Executive Doug Harnice are facing charges of tampering with public records related to the altering of zoning maps. Both have pleaded not guilty.

In a letter explaining his decision not to run, Newberry noted his upcoming trial date.

“I now face trial in early 2015 for something I did not do. I look forward to this trial and my acquittal. It is not fair to the voters for this issue to be a distraction when we have real and serious issues to deal with,” he said.

Leeper will face Democratic nominee Jeff Hines, who is a retired circuit judge.

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