Legg listed as GOP Secretary of State candidate; Conway to announce '11 plans Friday

01/20/2011 09:41 PM

Although she hasn’t officially announced it, Hilda Legg — a Somerset Republican — is listed as a Republican candidate for Secretary of State at next week’s GOP forum in Paducah.

Legg has been considering running for that office but has not publicly commented. She did not immediately return a phone call Thursday to cn|2 Politics.

The invitation for the Jan. 28 McCracken County Republican Party Gubernatorial/Down Ticket forum lists Legg and Bill Johnson, a Todd County businessman as the candidates scheduled to speak in the Secretary of State candidate portion of the program.

Two Democrats will be vying for that party’s nomination in May: Elaine Walker, whom Gov. Steve Beshear has appointed to the job for the next 11 months, and Alison Lundergan Grimes, who filed to run Thursday.

Meanwhile, Attorney General Jack Conway called a press conference for 2 p.m. Friday “regarding his plans to seek re-election as Kentucky Attorney General.”

The notice didn’t say what he will announce.

The media availability is scheduled for Room 114 of the Capitol — not outside the Secretary of State’s office where candidates go to file their candidacy papers.

Conway’s representatives did pick up filing papers earlier in the week, the Secretary of State’s office confirmed.

Conway has not yet filed to run for a second term and hasn’t opened a re-election fundraising account with the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance. He has been trying to retire more than $770,000 in debt from last year’s U.S. Senate race, including more than $630,000 of his personal funds that he pumped into the campaign.

The Courier-Journal’s Joe Gerth devoted his Monday column to speculation about whether or not Conway would run.

State Rep. John Tilley, D-Hopkinsville, has been saying since August that he would run for the Democratic nomination for attorney general if Conway opted not to seek a second term.

Hopkins County Attorney Todd P’Pool is the only Republican to file for attorney general so far.

- Ryan Alessi


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