For Fifth Time, Galbraith Declares Candidacy For Governor

It’s his ninth bid for political office since 1983, and his fifth bid for governor, but Lexington lawyer Gatewood Galbraith is confident of victory this time.

Galbraith is running as an Independent for governor, which means he will need the signatures of five thousand registered voters to get his name on the ballot. Asked about what effect the Tea Party may have on the campaign, Galbraith says he’s been preaching their philosophy for years.

“Now I’ve always stood for less government, less taxes, less intrusive government, cutting down the size of government and now the people are just now beginning to realize just how far this dysfunctionality has gone. And so we look to take a tremendous number of votes out of those folks who want to see less government and less taxes. That’s what I’ve stood for my whole political campaign,” he said Wednesday.

Galbraith’s running mate is Shelby County political consultant Dea Riley. The two announced their intentions during a news conference in the rotunda of the State Capitol.

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By Tony McVeigh

Veteran broadcast journalist Tony McVeigh has been covering Kentucky politics since 1986, reporting for Clear Channel Communications before joining Kentucky Public Radio in 2004. His stories are aired by seven KPR affiliates, whose signals blanket the Commonwealth and parts of surrounding states. McVeigh began his broadcasting career at WRFC in Athens, Georgia, while earning a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Georgia. He has extensive anchor/reporter experience, including stints with South Carolina Network and Georgia Radio News Service in Atlanta. In 2007 and 2008, McVeigh was named Best Radio Reporter in the Kentucky Associated Press Awards. He also picked up consecutive AP Awards for Best Political Coverage. McVeigh won four Kentucky AP Awards in 2009, six in 2010 - including Best Political Coverage and Best Hard News Feature - and three in 2011. His coverage of the 2007 Kentucky governor's race topped the Political Reporting category of the Society of Professional Journalists Green Eyeshade Awards of 2008. In 2009, McVeigh placed second in Courts and Law Reporting in the Atlanta-based competition for journalists in 11 Southern states. McVeigh is also the proud recipient of an Individual Liberty Award from the Kentucky Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. The Brunswick, Georgia, native is a die-hard UGA football fan who enjoys photography, astronomy, live music, hiking Kentucky's Red River Gorge and exploring the state's beautiful back roads. McVeigh and his big, fat, black cat Simon, reside in Frankfort, KY.