Kentucky’s first candidate into the 2015 race for governor launched his campaign Tuesday. Former Louisville Metro Council member Hal Heiner is seeking the republican nomination.
At a kickoff event in Lexington, Heiner told a group of supporters states like Tennessee and Indiana are moving ahead of Kentucky in educational objectives. He believes economic growth in eastern Kentucky must include a traditional source.
“I do support coal and support it strongly," said Heiner. "Actually coal is the reason, it gives us one of our main advantages in this state of low cost power that attracts manufacturers and businesses to this state. It would be painful for a lot of Kentuckians if we lost that advantage.”
Heiner recruited former Lexington-Fayette Council member K.C. Crosby as his running mate. The newly announced campaign also had scheduled stops in Louisville and Hazard.