Democrat B.D. Wilson files to run for agriculture commissioner

10/01/2010 08:57 AM

B.D. Wilson, the former Montgomery County judge-executive who stepped down Thursday as state rural roads commissioner, announced Friday morning that he plans to run for agriculture commissioner.

Wilson had worked in Gov. Steve Beshear’s administration since January 2008 in charge of the office in the Transportation Cabinet that distributes funding for road construction in the counties. He resigned Thursday to begin raising money for his agriculture commissioner campaign, according to a statement.

The position is being vacated by Republican Richie Farmer, who is term limited. Farmer is running for lieutenant governor on the gubernatorial ticket of Republican David Williams, the state Senate president.

Wilson said he will officially kick off his campaign Oct. 16 at the Democratic breakfast during the Court Days festival in Mt. Sterling.

Those who have expressed interest in running for agriculture commissioner include Republican Shelby County Judge Executive Rob Rothenburger. Rothenburger filed his paperwork to begin running for the office on Sept. 2.

- Ryan Alessi

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