Bowling Green – Republican Congressman Ernie Fletcher of Lexington has officially declared his candidacy for Governor, and is naming Hunter Bates as his running mate. Fletcher is currently the Sixth District Congressman and Bates is a former Chief of Staff for U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.
Two leading Democrats in the state are about to announce their candidacies, as well. Attorney General Ben Chandler is scheduled to declare his candidacy Tuesday evening in Versailles. At that time the Attorney General will also disclose the name of his running mate. On Thursday morning, House Speaker Jody Richards of Bowling Green is expected to announce his candidacy. That announcement will be held at the South Campus of Western Kentucky University.