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Hal Heiner First in KY Republican Governor's Primary

Chase Cavanaugh

Former Louisville Metro Councilman Hal Heiner threw his hat into the Kentucky governor’s race today at Lexington’s Star Manufacturing. 

He’s running with former Lexington Councilwoman K.C. Crosbie, who says that Frankfort has gotten complacent as of late, particularly after voting for a pension increase. 

“Our goal during this campaign is to make the status quo uncomfortable, offering fresh ideas to fixing problems and tested plans for getting results,” she said.  

Citing Kentucky’s national ratings on economics and unemployment, Heiner stressed a need for more business friendly legislation and a focus on creating jobs. He also said that school choice would help prepare commonwealth students for future employment.  Through these measures, Heiner believes he can greatly increase Kentucky’s prospects for growth. 

“We must elect a governor with a clear vision for unlocking our state’s economic potential, a governor that isn’t satisfied with 44th, 46th, or 49th place, a governor which wants to put Kentucky first," he said.  

Heiner and Crosby are the first to enter the Republican primary.  Other expected candidates are Agricultural Commissioner Jamie Comer and former Ambassador to Latvia Cathy Bailey.

Heiner is currently chairman of Capstone Realty, while Crosbie is Kentucky's Republican National Committeewoman. 

Chase Cavanaugh first got on the air as a volunteer reader for Central Kentucky Radio Eye, a local news service for the visually impaired. He began reporting for WUKY in February 2012, after receiving his Master’s degree from the University of Kentucky’s Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce.