Bill Johnson to run for Republican nomination for Secretary of State in 2011

09/28/2010 11:42 AM

Bill Johnson, the Todd County businessman who ran for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate earlier this year, confirmed to cn|2 Politics on Tuesday that he will run for Secretary of State next year.

Bill Johnson, Todd County businessman and former Republican U.S. Senate candidate

Johnson said in a telephone interview Tuesday morning that he will file his letter of intent with the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance on Friday to begin raising money. But he said he expects to do most of fund-raising after the Nov. 2 election so as not to take away from Republican candidates running this year.

He said he still hopes to raise at least $100,000 before the candidate filing deadline at the end of January. He told cn|2 Politics late last month that he was considering either running for Secretary of State or the state Senate seat that covers Christian, Logan and Todd counties.

Supporters, this summer, formed a Facebook page urging him to run.

The Secretary of State position is being vacated by Republican Trey Grayson, who is term limited.

Johnson praised Grayson and said he wants to build on the work he did with the position.

“I think Trey’s done a great job cutting costs and has advocated for civics and taken a lot of costs through innovation. So I really want to continue,” Johnson said.

Johnson also said he spoke with other Republicans, including state Sen. Damon Thayer of Georgetown, who had been mentioned as possible 2011 candidates for Secretary of State.

“Damon won’t run against me for Secretary of State,” Johnson said. “He still has interest in running for auditor.”

- Ryan Alessi

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