Somerset mayor joins growing GOP gubernatorial field

Mark Payne
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Somerset Mayor Alan Keck announced last week he would run for governor in Kentucky. 

Keck, 37, lists his faith and family as his top values, according to his website. It also says that his priorities are education, the economy, and public safety.

“Now, his passion for community building, personal liberty, local control and the American Dream propel him to lead Kentucky in the same way as governor,” his website says. 

Keck joins a crowded Republican field in Kentucky, with two Northern Kentuckians also on the list: Rep. Savannah Maddox (R-Dry Ridge) and former attorney Eric Deters. That list further includes Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles, Attorney General Daniel Cameron, and Auditor Mike Harmon. 

In June, Rep. Maddox announced her bid for governor, which came as little surprise after social media promotions of a “special announcement” that followed months of speculation about her political future.

“I believe that Kentuckians, by and large, are god-fearing people who just want to live a peaceful, prosperous life in which they are free from undue interference from their government,” Maddox said in her speech Monday at the Little Britain Carriage House in Burlington.  

Former United Nations Ambassador Kelly Craft recently announced she is running for governor.  

Kentucky Democratic Party Chair Colmon Elridge said the GOP primary for governor is shaping up to be a “crowded, expensive, and nasty race to the extreme fringe of the GOP” after Keck, the 12th Republican, announced his intention to enter the race. 

“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,” Elridge said in a statement. 

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