Kasich campaign promotes endorsement of former state Rep. Jim Zimmerman ahead of March 5 caucus

02/26/2016 03:43 PM

The campaign of Republican presidential hopeful John Kasich announced Friday that former state Rep. Jim Zimmerman was endorsing the Ohio governor.

Republican candidates for president may not be campaigning in Kentucky, but they are trying to build support in the commonwealth ahead of the March 5 Republican caucus.

Florida U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio has the most extensive network in the state so far, with a wide coalition of sitting state representatives including House Minority Floor Leader Jeff Hoover.

Zimmerman represented the 59th district in the House of Representatives for 10 years from 1988 to 1998. He also served as executive director of the Kentucky Department of Labor under Gov. Ernie Fletcher, according to a release from the campaign.

“Executive experience matters, and John Kasich is the only candidate in this race who understands what it takes to govern,” Zimmerman said in a statement. “No one comes close to matching his demonstrated ability to solve problems and bring people together. I enthusiastically support his candidacy and look forward to working with the rest of the Kentucky team.”

Zimmerman filed paperwork on behalf of Kasich to take part in the Kentucky caucus in December.

In a statement, Kasich said it was “an honor to welcome one of Kentucky’s finest public servants to our leadership team in the Bluegrass State.”

“I’m grateful for former Rep. Zimmerman’s willingness to share his expertise and knowledge of Kentucky voters and look forward to having him on board,” he said.

Registered Republicans can vote at their local caucus location on Saturday, March 5 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. local time.

Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics available exclusively on Spectrum News. Pure Politics is the only nightly program dedicated to Kentucky politics. Nick covers all of the political heavyweights and his investigative work brings to light issues that might otherwise go unnoticed, like his coverage of the backlog of DNA rape kits waiting to be tested in Kentucky. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Pure Politics airs weeknight at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News. Follow Nick on Twitter @NStorm_Politics. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or nicholas.storm@charter.com.


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