Campaign site counts down to David Williams and Richie Farmer ticket; Promotional video launched

08/31/2010 06:52 PM

A screen shot of at 6:49 p.m. on Aug. 31 as it counts down until the announcement of the gubernatorial ticket. A press conference is scheduled for 11 a.m. in Frankfort.

UPDATED: A new website,, has the logo and a clock counting down until Wednesday’s announcement that Senate President David Williams and Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer are teaming up to run for governor and lieutenant governor.

The two have set an 11 a.m. press conference in Frankfort to make the announcement “regarding their futures,” according to a press release sent out by Scott Jennings, the Republican strategist and former aide to President George W. Bush. The exact location was listed as “TBA.”

But the new website clearly shows what their intentions are.

It also reveals the logo of the ticket, which prominently displays an outline of a basketball — a trademark of Farmer’s agriculture commissioner campaigns in 2003 and 2007. Farmer, a former University of Kentucky basketball player, was Williams’ top choice for a running mate.

UPDATED 9:39 a.m.: On Wednesday a more than 3-minute promotional video launched as the campaign seeks to introduce the two candidates.

UPDATED 8:24 a.m.: And the Williams-Farmer ticket’s Facebook page has gone live Wednesday morning. It features what looks to be their slogan: “Bold ideas.”

The Williams-Farmer ticket is the second Republican slate to announce following businessman Phil Moffett and state Rep. Mike Harmon of Junction City.

Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear is seeking a second term, this time with Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson as his running mate.

And an independent slate with Lexington lawyer Gatewood Galbraith and Dea Riley have been campaigning and have filed paperwork to begin raising money.

- Ryan Alessi


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