Politics & Government

Two Republican women file for statewide offices

Rep. Addia Wuchner, R-Florence, vice chair of the state House's Health and Welfare Committee, is a health care consultant, registered nurse, bioethicist and founder of Project Wings of Mercy, a group that has led international medical and humanitarian missions.
Rep. Addia Wuchner, R-Florence, vice chair of the state House's Health and Welfare Committee, is a health care consultant, registered nurse, bioethicist and founder of Project Wings of Mercy, a group that has led international medical and humanitarian missions.

FRANKFORT — Two Republican women filed for state constitutional offices Monday, and another Democrat entered the crowded race for state agriculture commissioner.

Hilda Legg of Somerset, a former administrator of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Utilities Service, filed for secretary of state, and state Rep. Addia Wuchner of Florence filed to run for state auditor.

John Faris Lackey of Richmond filed his candidacy papers to run for the Democratic nomination for state agriculture commissioner.

The filing deadline to run for state constitutional offices is 4 p.m. Tuesday.

Former state Republican Party chairman Bob Gable signed the candidacy papers for Legg and Wuchner. Both women said they were not running on any slate with other candidates.

Legg, who is making her first bid for public office, said she is running for secretary of state to continue the "outstanding efforts" of Republican Trey Grayson, who is leaving the post this week to take a job at Harvard University.

Legg said she would visit high schools in all 120 Kentucky counties to set up civic forums and to encourage every eligible young person to vote. She also said she would work to be "a true advocate" for small business.

State Sen. Vernie McGaha, R-Russell Springs, also signed Legg's candidacy papers.

Todd County businessman Bill Johnson filed last November for the Republican nomination for secretary of state. Two Democrats have filed for the office: Alison Lundergan Grimes of Lexington and Elaine Walker of Bowling Green.

Wuchner, a retired hospital administrator, has been a member of the state House since 2005. In addition to Gable, her candidacy papers were signed by state Rep. Marie Rader, R-McKee, and Emily Shelton, founder of the Tea Party organization in Boone County.

Wuchner said the office of auditor "is entrusted with being a principled watchdog of the taxpayers' dollars. Kentucky taxpayers can trust that I will work to restore our commonwealth's fiscal health."

She said Democrat Crit Luallen, who cannot seek re-election because of term limits, has done "a great job."

Lexington developer John T. Kemper III filed in November to seek the GOP nomination for auditor. Democrat Adam Edelen of Lexington filed earlier this month to enter the contest.

Lackey is one of five Democrats who have filed for agriculture commissioner. The other Democratic candidates are Bob Farmer of Louisville, Stewart Gritton of Lawrenceburg, David Lynn Williams of Glasgow and B.D. Wilson of Frankfort. Republicans seeking the office are Jamie Comer of Tompkinsville and Rob Rothenburger of Shelbyville.

The current agriculture commissioner, Republican Richie Farmer, is running for lieutenant governor.

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