Politics
2:02 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Businessman Launches Republican Bid for Kentucky Governor

Hal Heiner is the first candidate to announce a campaign for Kentucky governor in 2015.
Credit Kentucky News Network

Kentucky's first official 2015 gubernatorial slate features former Louisville and Lexington council members.

Louisville businessman Hal Heiner has chosen Kentucky GOP Finance Chair K.C. Crosby as his running mate.

Heiner ran an unsuccessful race for Louisville mayor in 2010.  Crosby, who sat on Lexington’s council from 2007 to 2012 , was also unsuccessful in her bid for state treasurer three years ago. 

Heiner launched his campaign Tuesday at Star Manufacturing in Lexington.  He believes the state’s economic model is outdated.

“We continue to exist on this old platform and we’re just not competitive," said Heiner.  "I feel it in the business I’m in and I see what’s going on with cranes in states all around, bringing those jobs and very seldom does those jobs land here in Kentucky.”

Heiner told a group of supporters on the factory floor “today begins a 20 month journey.”  

Kentucky voters will select their next governor in November of 2015.