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Deadline Approaching To Switch Parties In Kentucky

Kentucky voters who want to switch political parties have until Friday, December 31 to do so if they want to cast ballots in the May primary.

Les Fugate with the Secretary of State’s office says it’s as simple as filling out a voter registration card.

“They can either take it directly into their county clerk’s office, or this is actually one of the few times with voter registration that the postmark will be acceptable. So as long as you get it postmarked by the 31st, the county clerks will accept that,” he said.

Fugate says switch cannot be made online because a signature is required, but the registration card can be printed from a website.

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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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Two More File For State Office

Two more candidates have filed to run for constitutional offices in Kentucky.

Republican John Kemper of Lexington is running for State Auditor. Kemper made an unsuccessful bid for Congress this year, but says he does not aspire to be a career politician.

“I’m not coming here to make friends. I’m coming here to solve some problems and once you solve those problems, I fully anticipate that they will want to send me home, which is fine. I’ll go back to building custom homes, remodeling and land development. So, I don’t plan on making this career,” he said.

Rep. James Comer qualified to run for state Agriculture Commissioner. The Tompkinsville Republican, who has an agriculture degree from Western Kentucky University, runs a full-time farm operation in Monroe County. Democrat B-D Wilson of Frankfort also qualified this week to run for Ag Commissioner.

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Candidates Lining Up For 2011 Elections

Kentucky political candidates are already qualifying for 2011 races.

Qualifying for Kentucky’s constitutional offices opened last Wednesday, and Bill Johnson of Todd County is the first candidate to file his paperwork at the State Capitol. Johnson is running as a Republican for Secretary of State.

“Always been a passion of mine and still is today to defend the Constitution of this country, and so I thought this office fit that mission very well,” he said.

Johnson, you may recall, was in this year’s U.S. Senate race, but withdrew before the primary. B.D. Wilson of Frankfort was picking up his paperwork from the Secretary of State’s office. He plans to run as a Democrat for state Agriculture Commissioner. The filing deadline for the 2011 campaign is January 25th.

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Abramson: No Early Endorsement For Mayor

As prospective candidates for Louisville metro mayor decide whether to enter the race, the current occupant of the office says he won’t announce an endorsement anytime soon.

Mayor Jerry Abramson says he won’t back a candidate until next spring.                   jerry-abramson

“I’m not going to support anyone particular other than when the primary’s over,   I’ll support the Democratic nominee,”  Abramson said.

Thus far, one Democrat, businessman Greg Fischer, has officially entered the race.    Several others are considering a run for the office.

Abramson will not seek a final term as mayor and instead will be Gov. Steve Beshear’s running mate in 2011.

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Beshear, Abramson Hold Official Candidacy Announcement

From Kentucky Public Radio’s Tony McVeigh

In Louisville, he’s known as “Mayor for Life,” because he’s led Kentucky’s largest city for 20 years. But now, Mayor Jerry Abramson wants to be called lieutenant governor.

In their first joint press conference on the race today, Abramson announced he’s joining Gov. Steve Beshear’s ticket for the 2011 gubernatorial campaign.

Abramson says he and Beshear have been friends for 30 years and he has great respect for Beshear’s leadership and vision.

“So, today governor, I am proud – along with my wife and my son – to join with you and to join your team, to continue moving Kentucky forward,” says Abramson, “and I am excited to join with you as the next lieutenant governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.”

Beshear said at the press conference he’s sure Abramson will overcome prejudices against Louisville sometimes found in the rest of the state.

“I have no doubt, that as more Kentuckians get to know him – that is beyond the 20-percent of our state that he’s lead for more than two decades – they will love him too,” says Beshear, “for his passion, for his commitment to this state and his resolve to find solutions to the great challenges confronting us.”

Sixty-two year old Abramson is in his 20th year as mayor of Kentucky’s largest city. His current term ends next year.

Beshear needs a running mate in his re-election bid because current Lt. Gov. Dan Mongiardo is running for the U-S Senate.