FRANKFORT — A Versailles businessman has filed notice that he intends to run for Secretary of State.
Joe Graviss, a Democrat who has run for public office before, filed a letter with the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance on Wednesday signaling his intent to start raising money for the 2011 election for Secretary of State.
Secretary of State Trey Grayson, who ran unsuccessfully for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate this week, can't run for the position because he has served the two terms the constitution allows.
Graviss owns eight McDonald's restaurants in Central Kentucky and currently serves on the Council for Postsecondary Education. Graviss, according to the Council's Web site, has served on various boards and commissions throughout Central Kentucky. He unsuccessfully challenged state Senator Julian Carroll in 2004 for the state Senate seat that includes Franklin, Woodford and Anderson counties and part of Fayette County.
Graviss said Thursday that he decided to run for the position because Grayson can't run again.
"I've been trying to break into politics for a long time," Graviss said. "I think I bring a lot of common sense and business sense. This is a great opportunity. It's an open seat."
No Republicans have filed yet to raise money for the position. The Secretary of State is the state's top election official.
In a second filing, another Farmer says he will run for Commissioner of Agriculture.
Robert Farmer, an entertainer from Louisville, filed a letter with the Registry of Election Finance on April 22 saying he intends to start raising money to run for the state's top agriculture post.
Richie Farmer, the former University of Kentucky basketball player and possible Republican gubernatorial candidate, can not seek the job again because he, too, has served two consecutive terms.
Robert Farmer is a Democrat. No Republicans have filed yet for the position. Robert Farmer was not immediately available for comment. But according to his Web site, he is a comic and public speaker who bases some of his comedy on the Farmer's Almanac.