Rep. Wuchner will file for GOP nomination for state Auditor on Monday

01/23/2011 07:13 PM

Rep. Addia Wuchner, R-Florence.

State Rep. Addia Wuchner, a Republican from Florence, confirmed to cn|2 Politics on Sunday that she will file Monday to run in the GOP primary for state Auditor.

Wuchner  said in a telephone interview that she is a fiscal conservative who wants to bring those values to the statewide office of auditor.

She will face John Kemper, Lexington developer, in the Republican primary in May. Kemper, who has been in the race since last fall, discussed his candidacy in a Nov. 15 interview on Pure Politics.

“I knew going in that there would be a primary,” Wuchner said. “I think that’s healthy for the Republican Party.”

Wuchner had sent out a message on Twitter Sunday saying she would have an announcement to make Monday at 10:30 a.m. But she didn’t say in that tweet what that announcement would be.

Wuchner is serving her fourth term as a state representative. She first discussed her interest in running a 2011 statewide campaign in a Dec. 8 interview on Pure Politics.

On a related note, Kemper’s campaign manager, Christi Gillespie, resigned from the campaign on Sunday.

While Wuchner and Kemper will battle it out in a Republican primary, Democrat Adam Edelen so far hasn’t drawn any opposition in the Democratic primary.

The primary winners will compete in November  to replace state Auditor Crit Luallen, who is term-limited.

Also expected to turn in candidacy papers with the Secretary of State’s office before Tuesday’s filing deadline is Hilda Legg, a Somerset consultant and former official with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Utilities Service.

Legg hasn’t officially announced her candidacy for Secretary of State yet but confirmed to the McCracken County GOP Party that she would be in that race so as to reserve a speaking spot at Friday night’s candidate forum in Paducah, as cn|2 Politics first reported last week.

Republican Bill Johnson already filed in that party’s primary for Secretary of State, and two Democrats — Alison Lundergan Grimes and Elaine Walker — have entered the Democratic primary for that post as well.


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