More potential '11 candidates: Republicans Legg and Wilson consider runs

11/16/2010 05:16 PM

Republicans Hilda Legg and John Wilson, the Garrard County judge-exeuctive, confirmed they are considering runs for statewide offices next year.

Hilda Legg

Legg, a former administrator in the U.S. Agriculture Department’s Rural Utilities Service, told cn|2 Politics in a telephone interview that she is “very seriously evaluating the best opportunity to serve this great commonwealth.”

She said she is being encouraged by Republicans to run for either Auditor of Public Accounts or Secretary of State.

Legg, of Somerset, also served on former Gov. Ernie Fletcher’s transition team in 2003.

Given her background, Legg also had credentials to run for commissioner of agriculture. But Republican state Rep. Jamie Comer of Tompkinsville already filed to run. Legg said she considers Comer and friend. And Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger has expressed interest in running and has been raising money in that race.

Garrard County Judge-Executive John Wilson, another Republican, said he is looking at the Secretary of State’s race.

Wilson said he is considering whether now is the right time for him to run a statewide race with 9 and 5-year-old children.

Wilson is currently vice president of the Kentucky Association of Counties.

Both the Secretary of State’s position and the Auditor posts are open next year because incumbents Trey Grayson and Crit Luallen are term-limited from running again.

Republican Bill Johnson, a Todd County businessman who ran for U.S. Senate this year, has filed in the Secretary of State’s race.

And Republican John T. Kemper III, a Lexington developer, has filed his papers to run for state auditor.

- Ryan Alessi


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