Fletcher to Seek Re-Election

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Governor Fletcher says he'll run for a second term next year even though he's missed a large part of this year's General Assembly due to illness.

The governor told reporters Monday he's feeling fine and absolutely planning to run for a second term in 2007.

The 53-year-old Fletcher spent the better part of a month in a Lexington hospital following gallbladder surgery in February and then another four days in March after developing a blood clot.

He says he's feeling stronger now and doesn't think his health troubles would affect his re-election bid.

He became the state's first Republican governor in 30 years when he defeated Democrat Ben Chandler in 2003.

But his term has been riddled with problems, including an ongoing investigation by the Attorney General's Office over hiring practices in his administration.

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