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Ashley Judd Will Not Be Kentucky’s Next Senator

Actress tweets that she wants to focus on her family


NewLettersActress Ashley Judd has elected not to run for a senate seat in 2014.

The star — who is a native Kentuckian and a frequent spectator at University of Kentucky sporting events — announced her decision via Twitter, reports Politico.

“After serious and thorough contemplation, I realize that my responsibilities & energy at this time need to be focused on my family,” she tweeted Wednesday. Judd had been a subject of much speculation as a Democratic contender to challenge Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) in his re-election campaign next year.

Judd — sister and daughter to the country music duo The Judds — also expressed her appreciation for everyone who encouraged her to consider the race. In addition to being an award-winning actress, Judd has a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Harvard University and has been involved in both political and humanitarian activism.

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