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Keene Files Bill to Allow Governor Candidates to Pick Running Mates After Primary

Representative Dennis Keene (D-Wilder) filed legislation Friday to allow gubernatorial candidates to run independently without a lieutenant governor running mate until after the primary elections. House Bill 300 will permit a slate of candidates for Governor and Lieutenant Governor to appear on the ballot only in the regular election, not in the primary and require a party's nominee for Governor to designate his or her nominee for Lieutenant Governor no later than the fourth Tuesday following the primary.  
 
There is bi-partisan support for the legislation that is sponsored by Representative Dennis Keene (D-Wilder) and co-sponsored by Representative Sal Santoro (R-Florence), according to a news release
 
“Our intent is to allow for the best ticket and slate of candidates to serve our Commonwealth as governor and lieutenant governor,” Keene said in a news release.  
 
“This legislation will put the focus squarely on the individual candidate for governor and allow them a wider choice of candidates to run with once the primary election is completed.”  
 
Currently forty-three states elect lieutenant governors and twenty-two of those states allow for a separate election in the primary and many even in the general election.
 
If passed, the legislation would become effective for the 2015 Kentucky Constitutional office elections.  
 
Representative Dennis Keene has served the citizens of the 67th District since 2005 and is the chairman of the House Licensing and Occupations Committee, Vice Chairman of Economic Development, Vice Chairman on the Budget Subcommittee on Transportation and a member of the Banking & Insurance Committee.  Keene is a District since small business owner and an economic development advisor for EGC Construction.  
 
Photo: Dennis Keene