- Associated Press - Monday, January 26, 2015

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Hal Heiner officially filed Monday to seek the Republican nomination for governor, vowing he would win that office as an outsider intent on reforming state government.

Heiner, a former Louisville metro councilman who narrowly lost the mayor’s race in 2010, submitted his paperwork with running mate KC Crosbie at the Secretary of State’s office. Heiner made brief remarks to a group of supporters in the Capitol parking lot before filing on Monday morning.

“We’ve gone far enough miles to have crisscrossed Kentucky over 50 times,” Heiner said while standing in front of his blue recreational vehicle emblazoned with his campaign logo. “That’s a lot of miles, it’s a lot of handshakes, it’s a lot of discussions about Kentucky’s future and it’s a lot of momentum. Momentum for a winning campaign. And we are going to win.”

Heiner, a commercial real estate developer, has given his campaign more than $4 million of his own money. He is already running statewide TV commercials to offset some of his more well-known opponents, including James Comer who has already won a statewide election as agriculture commissioner.

Heiner said his campaign will focus on education reform and changing the culture of state government, which he said has been plagued by “financial mismanagement.” He also complained about a refusal by state lawmakers to release a study compiled in the aftermath of sexual harassment allegations made against a former Democratic state representative.

“My pledge to you is that we will not let up,” Heiner said.

Late Monday afternoon, Republican Senate President Robert Stivers and Democratic House Speaker Greg Stumbo agreed to post the report on the state’s website.

Mira Ball, chief financial officer for Ball Homes and major donor to the University of Kentucky along with her husband, was one of four witnesses who signed the paperwork for Heiner. Other signers included Southeast Christian Church founder Bob Russell of Louisville, Laurel County Clerk Roger Schott and Alecia Webb-Edgington, a former state representative from northern Kentucky.

Comer and former state Supreme Court Justice Will T. Scott have already filed to run for the office. Scott on Monday announced a series of town hall meetings across the state and invited his Republican opponents to attend the meetings with him. He has scheduled two so far, one in Stanford on Monday night and another on Tuesday at the Manchester Public Library.

On the Democratic side, Attorney General Jack Conway appears poised to become the Democratic nominee after Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes filed for re-election on Monday. Geoff Young, a former congressional candidate, has also filed.

The deadline to file for governor is 4 p.m. on Tuesday.

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