Filing Deadline Passes, Three Republicans And One Democrat Running For Governor

The filing deadline for candidates seeking statewide office in Kentucky has officially passed.

No candidates were in line when Secretary of State Trey Grayson closed the door on qualifying, and signaled the official start of the 2011 campaign.

Governor Steve Beshear escaped without Democratic primary opposition, but three Republicans want his job – Senate President David Williams, Louisville businessman Phil Moffett and Jefferson County Clerk Bobbie Holsclaw.

The Agriculture Commissioner’s race drew the most candidates, two Republicans and five Democrats. Incumbent State Treasurer Todd Hollenbach drew both Democratic and Republican opposition.

Attorney General Jack Conway has no Democratic opposition, but faces Republican Todd P’Pool in the fall.

Two Republicans and two Democrats are vying for Secretary of State and two Republicans and a Democrat are running for State Auditor.

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.