A Republican state representative from Winchester has withdrawn her candidacy for re-election, saying that politics in Frankfort has become “too vicious.”
Rep. Donna Mayfield made the announcement during a candidate forum on Wednesday evening according to a Facebook Live video of the event posted by the Winchester Sun.
“This past legislative session has been the darkest, nastiest session even the oldest members of the House of Representatives can recall, ” she said.
Mayfield has represented the 73rd House district, which includes all of Clark County and part of Madison County in Central Kentucky, since 2011.
This year’s legislative session was marked by intraparty fighting among House Republicans, who divided over the sexual harassment scandal of former House Speaker Jeff Hoover.
Mayfield threw her support behind her Republican primary opponent, Les Yates.
Two Democrats are also running for the seat.
“I have lost my love for public service, I do not want to be around the proud, heartless viciousness willfully carried out by so many people,” Mayfield said.