86-year-old newcomer from Owensboro enters Senate race

FRANKFORT — Gurley L. Martin, who will turn 86 on Nov. 27, plopped down $500 Monday in the secretary of state's office to file as a Republican candidate in next year's U.S. Senate race.

Martin, a World War II veteran from Owensboro, is the 11th Kentuckian and sixth Republican to enter the race.

"I want to save the American way of life," Martin said after he officially filed for the office.

Martin is making his first political race in Kentucky. He said he ran for commissioner in Texas City, Texas, while he worked there for Union Carbide. A native of Hartford, in Ohio County, he said he returned to the Bluegrass State nine years ago.

In a news release, Martin said he will not be running against anyone. He said the real troublemaker in the world is Satan.

Asked the condition of his health, Martin said, "I'm here, aren't I? My health is wonderful. Every day is a thrill."

Other Republican candidates in the U.S. Senate race are Secretary of State Trey Grayson, Bowling Green eye surgeon Rand Paul, Todd County businessman Bill Johnson, Northern Kentucky consultant Roger Thoney and Oldham County teacher Brian Oerther.

Democrats in the race are Attorney General Jack Conway, Lt. Gov. Daniel Mongiardo, former U.S. Customs agent Darlene Fitzgerald Price of McCreary County and Eastwood businessman Maurice Sweeney.

John Long, a convenience store operator in Boyle County, filed last week as an independent candidate.

Republican incumbent Jim Bunning of Southgate has decided not to seek re-election.