by Jennifer Swift
Mar 12, 2014
05:19 PMConnecticut Politics
Former Senate Candidate Kie Westby Eyes Attorney General Slot
A Republican attorney and former U.S. Senate candidate from Thomaston has stepped up to challenge incumbent Attorney General George Jepsen for his seat.
Kie Westby filed paperwork to run for Attorney General earlier this week, and made the announcement on a campaign Facebook page Wednesday. Westby ran unsuccessfully in the Republican primary for Senate in 2012.
Westby also filed paperwork to participate in the state’s citizen’s election program. An Attorney General candidate participating in the program can receive a grant of $406,275 in a primary and $812,550 in the general election.
According to the biography listed on his law office’s site, Westby, an attorney since 1979 also served as a Marine, including in Desert Storm. He served in his local rotary club, as well as on the Thomaston Board of Education and Planning and Zoning Commission.
"This state needs a strong AG who will protect the constitution and rule of law, limit government and promote free enterprise," Westby said on his facebook.
Jepsen served as a state senator of the 27th district from 1991 to 2003, and for six years as the senate’s majority leader. He was also a state representative from 1987 to 1991. He also served as the state’s Democratic Party Chairman from 2003 to 2004.Former Senate Candidate Kie Westby Eyes Attorney General Slot