Second GOP candidate files for attorney general

01/12/2015 02:47 PM

FRANKFORT — Just days after state Sen. Whitney Westerfield, R-Hopkinsville, filed his paperwork to run for Attorney General, a second GOP entrant, Lawrence County Attorney Michael T. Hogan of Louisa filed to enter the Republican primary.

The 46-year-old Hogan filed for the statewide constitutional office on Monday morning. Hogan announced his candidacy via a press release, saying his main motivation for entering the primary was to ensure the office was not beholden to “special interests.”

“Kentuckians have an attorney general that is not beholden to the powerful special interests who seek to hold our state back at the cost of what is right for all our people,” Hogan said.

The comment, Hogan said, is aimed at Andy Beshear — the lone Democratic entrant in the race — who works for Stites & Harbison, a firm which has represented companies that the attorney general’s office is pursuing in several legal cases

Hogan, a veteran of the U.S. Army Reserves, was elected in November to a fourth consecutive term as Lawrence County attorney.

In a press release, Hogan said that he plans to visit each of Kentucky’s 120 counties to connect with voters and local officials between Monday and the May 19 Republican primary.

“Mine will not be a campaign waged behind a desk in Louisville or Lexington dialing for dollars and letting television ads and direct mail make my introductions for me,” Hogan said. “I will be in every corner of the Commonwealth on the Main Streets of our county seats and amongst the real people of our state.”

Hogan will face Westerfield, an attorney and chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee who filed for the post on Friday.

The filing deadline for constitutional offices is January 27.

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