Long time Warren County resident and Speaker of the House, Jody Richards, announced his intentions to run for governor on Jan. 24, 2007.
Richard's who has served as a state representative for 31 years made the announcement in front of about 250 people. Richards said his experience is an asset to his race.
"I bring a knowledge of government that I don't know has ever been brought to government," Richards said.
Richard's running mate is John Y. Brown the third, the son of former Governor John Brown the second. Richards and Brown are traveling across the state over the next three days to promote their campaign.
If elected to office Richards would become the first governor of Kentucky from Warren County.
Another candidate also announced he will run for governor on Jan. 24, 2007.
Former Lieutenant Governor Steve Henry said he will concentrate on finding alternative fuel sources like ethanol. He also said it's important to remember how vital children are to Kentucky.
"It's (children) the most precious commodity we're growing in Kentucky, and it's one of those things we really have to protect and nurture and help develop," Henry said.
Henry's running mate is long time Fayette County Property Valuations Administrator, Renee True.
Henry adds to the growing list of Democratic gubernatorial candidates. Steve Beshear, Gatewood Galbraith and Otis Hensley Jr. have also filed. State Treasurer Jonathan Miller... plans to file on Jan. 25, 2007.
Anne Northup and Bill Harper are challenging Governor Ernie Fletcher for the Republican nomination.