Governor Race Update

The governor ticket for the May Primary is starting to fill up. Several more candidates announce their intentions to run for the states top spot.

In a press release received by WBKO, Kentucky House Speaker Jody Richards said he will formally declare his intention to run for governor, in his hometown of Bowling Green tomorrow morning, Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2007.

Richards runs for governor
Richards and his running mate, former Kentucky Secretary of State John Y. Brown III, will announce at the Warren County Courthouse at 9 a.m. on Wednesday as well.

They will then make appearances at the Daviess County Courthouse at 11 a.m., the McCracken County Courthouse at 2 p.m., the Christian County Courthouse at 4:30 p.m. and the Hopkins County Courthouse at 6 p.m. tomorrow night.

Richards, who’s been in the General Assembly for 30 years, eleven of them as house speaker, is calling his campaign the “Honest Talk for a Real Change Tour.”

Former Lieutenant Governor Steve Henry has also entered the governor’s race. He introduced Fayette County Property Valuation Administrator Renee True as his running mate.

Henry, a Democrat served as the state’s second in command for two terms under former Governor Paul Patton. During his announcement in Louisville this morning, he stressed health care, education, jobs and veterans issues.

Henry said that if elected, he would push to raise Kentucky teachers pay to the national average and expand math and science curriculums.

He said he would lead efforts to develop and expand alternative fuels to boost Kentucky’s coal and agricultural sectors.

Henry will be in Bowling Green during a media tour tomorrow morning, Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2007, at 8 a.m. He, his wife and their two children will be at the American Legion post on Dishman Lane.

Gatewood Galbriath also filed to run on the Democratic ticket for governor earlier today. He held a press conference at the Capitol Rotunda this afternoon.

His running mate is Mark Wireman. Galbraith said his platform is contained in his new book “The Last Free Man in America.”

He also said he is looking forward to a spirited campaign focused on solutions for uplifting Kentucky.

Former Lieutenant Governor Steve Beshear and Harlan County businessman, Otis Hensley Jr., have already filed to run on the Democratic ticket. State Treasurer Jonathan Miller has announced intentions to run.

Republicans Billy Harper and Anne Northup are challenging Governor Ernie Fletcher for the Republican nomination.

The last day to file for governor is January 30.