Newly-filed Ag Commish candidate Rob Rothenburger pledges to raise visibility

12/01/2010 07:16 PM

Rob Rothenburger, the Republican judge-executive from Shelby County, said he wants to raise the visibility of the agriculture commissioner by convening regional monthly meetings with Kentucky farmers and consumers.

Rothenburger filed on Monday to run for the GOP nomination for the position. He answered questions on Wednesday’s edition of Pure Politics about why he wants to run, what he would do if elected, what he’d improve on from current Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer’s tenure and whether he would keep the $35,000 SUV the department purchased for Farmer’s use.

As first reported by cn|2 Politics, Rothenburger announced his candidacy on Sept. 2. He faces state Rep. Jamie Comer, a Tompkinsville Republican, in the May Republican primary. Comer appeared on Pure Politics on Nov. 5.

Two Democrats also filed for the position: Robert Farmer of Louisville and B.D. Wilson, the former Democratic judge-executive from Montgomery County.

- Ryan Alessi

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