Candidate filing deadline: Holsclaw makes run official, says money won't be a problem

01/25/2011 01:35 PM

FRANKFORT — Without unveiling her campaign platform, Jefferson County Clerk Bobbie Holsclaw filed to run for the Republican nomination for governor with Louisville teacher Bill Vermillion on Tuesday — the last day to file for statewide office in 2011.

In a meeting with reporters afterwards, Holsclaw said her focus would be on jobs and the economy. But she said she didn’t have the answers on how she’d grow jobs at the moment, saying she would unveil her plan in a few weeks.

“I know what I don’t know,” Holsclaw told reporters.

Holsclaw said she knew she was “the underdog” in the three-way race that also includes Senate President David Williams and Louisville businessman Phil Moffett. She said she wouldn’t engage in the back-and-forth debating between Williams and Moffett.

Holsclaw also said she didn’t know how much she would need to raise to win the primary but said she would raise enough for her ideas to get out. During his first report, Williams raised $750,000. Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear, who is running for re-election, has raised more than $3 million.

Holsclaw filed with Bill Vermillion, a former Navy veteran who teaches in Louisville but lives in Caneyville.

Also on Tuesday, Democratic state Rep. Reginald Meeks of Louisville, sent reporters an announcement saying he would not run in the Democratic primary for Secretary of State.

On Monday, three candidates turned in their paperwork to run in the May 17 primary.

Addia Wuchner, a Republican state representative, filed her paperwork to run in the GOP primary for state Auditor against John Kemper, a Lexington developer. Wuchner explained Monday why she decided to run:

And Republican Hilda Legg of Somerset, turned in papers to be a candidate in the Republican primary for Secretary State against Bill Johnson, a Todd County businessman. Here’s what Legg said after filing:

And John Faris Lackey of Richmond became the fifth Democrat in the Agriculture Commissioner’s race.

-Reporting by Kenny Colston, video produced by Don Weber


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