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There are now twelve (12!) Repubs running for governor 😳

Alan Keck, mayor of Somerset, has entered the race for governor of Kentucky, making him the 12th Republican in the race.

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Alan Keck, mayor of Somerset (campaign photo)

The number of Republicans running to meet Andy Beshear in next year’s race for governor is now up to an even dozen.

The first-term mayor of Somerset, Alan Keck, announced his candidacy last Monday before a gathering of family and friends.

Keck is basing his campaign theme on his success as mayor of the small town of Somerset: reviving downtown, improving the economy, and “changing the narrative.”

Keck’s web site includes a section called “The Keck Game Plan.” It is a mixture of progressive and regressive ideas, from such ideas as rewarding businesses that provide paid maternity/paternity leave to paying for everything with the sales tax. Unlike some candidates, though, it is clearly spelled out and detailed, and well organized.

KDP responds to 12th candidate

Colmon Elridge, the chair of the Kentucky Democratic Party, issued a statement about Keck’s candidacy:

“Andy Beshear is one of the most popular governors in the country because he is creating a better Kentucky for all of our families, already announcing more than 40,000 jobs and shattering economic development records, while leading our people through historic storms and other unprecedented challenges. The mayor is now the 12th candidate in what is shaping up to be a crowded, expensive and nasty race to the extreme fringe of the GOP. Next year, Kentuckians will have a clear choice between one of the most popular governors in the country and whoever emerges from the crowded, brutal Republican primary.”

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