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Large Crowd Cheers Announcement of Comer-McDaniel Ticket

Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture James Comer kicked off his campaign for governor in his hometown of Tompkinsville on Tuesday morning.

Standing on stage with him was Kenton County State Senator Chris McDaniel (R-Taylor Mill) who will be running as Comer's lieutenant governor candidate.

The Comer-McDaniel ticket was exclusively announced by The River City News in late July.

Standing before a crowd that Comer described as being in the "thousands", the Republican former state representative promised to fight for coal and low taxes. Both Comer and McDaniel acknowledged themselves as small business owners. 

"I'll be humble enough to listen, tough enough to lead, and strong enough to achieve," Comer told the crowd.

Comer and McDaniel will appear in Erlanger on Wednesday as their announcement tour continues at McD Concrete, McDaniel's company. That event starts at 3 p.m.

McDaniel, 37, was first elected to the state senate where he represents northern Kenton County, including most of Covington, in 2012. Comer was elected agriculture commissioner in 2011.

Louisville businessman and former councilman Hal Heiner is also seeking the Republican nomination for the 2015 governor's race. Democratic Attorney General Jack Conway is the only announced candidate from that party.

-Staff report

Photo via Comer campaign