LOUISVILLE, Ky. (March 4, 2014) — Former Louisville Metro Councilman and businessman Hal Heiner announced this morning that he plans to run for governor in 2015. K.C. Crosbie, a former Lexington Fayette Urban Council Government council member, will be his running mate.
Heiner narrowly lost a bid for mayor of Louisville in 2010.
Heiner and Crosbie made the announcement at Star Manufacturing in Lexington.
“Kentucky is at a crossroads, in desperate need of strong, conservative leadership and an innovative approach to governing. After much consideration, I am excited to announce my candidacy for governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky,” Heiner said. “Along with my running mate K.C. Crosbie, I am convinced we can bring actual leadership to Frankfort for the first time in a long time.”
Heiner is the first candidate to declare for the governor’s race. Agriculture Commissioner Jamie Comer and former U.S. Ambassador to Latvia Cathy Bailey also are considering bids in the Republican primary, according to the Courier-Journal. Democratic Attorney General Jack Conway, Auditor Adam Edelen, former Auditor Crit Luallen and former U.S. Rep. Ben Chandler also are reportedly considering campaigns.