Democrat Eyes Seat of U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- Ron Leach doesn't have much of a political background, but he says there are some fundamental problems in Washington D.C. right now.

"It's the growing crunch, squeeze, pressure on working Americans that are being left behind or slowly sinking. There was a time when working hard, going to school, doing the right thing meant a ticket for success or security. That doesn't seem to be the case anymore," said Leach.

He is a retired U.S. Army major with 21 years of experience.

Leach has also been in the classroom as a high school agriculture and science teacher and has a farm in Breckinridge County.

Leach will be running as a democrat against incumbent Brett Guthrie for a seat as a United States Congressman in 2014, which he said will be difficult.

"It's absolutely a major challenge. We have no illusions about that, but we can't allow the 800,000 plus folks in our district to continue to be unrepresented. We need to provide a voice for them. We need to get government to start working again and working for them," said Leach.

Congressman Guthrie's Office released the following statement today.

"Representative Guthrie is focused on balancing the federal budget, repealing and replacing Obamacare with health care solutions that bring down costs for working families, and passing legislation that makes it easier for Kentuckians to find good paying jobs. Brett looks forward to continuing to fight for conservative values in the weeks and months ahead," said Guthrie.

Both will have to make it through a primary before facing off in November 2014.

Leach will be having campaign kick-offs across the second district this Saturday.


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