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Heiner stops in Louisville; Comer to announce intentions at Fancy Farm

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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Republican gubernatorial candidate Hal Heiner stopped Thursday in Louisville, where he took a shot at a potential future opponent after pledging his support for charter schools.

Heiner has been the only Republican candidate to file as a slate in the 2015 governor’s race. State Agriculture Commissioner James Comer said he intends to announce his intentions from the Fancy Farm stage Aug. 2, and he hasn’t quashed any of the rumors that he will run.

At a tea party event at Cabela’s in the East End, Heiner predicted Kentucky voters would follow the lead of Michigan, Indiana and Tennessee in electing businessmen to the governor’s office.

“They’re looking for someone who’s a businessperson, who hasn’t been in Frankfort, to bring business principles to Frankfort for the first time in a long time,” Heiner said.

Comer has served in Frankfort for years as a state lawmaker and Agriculture commissioner.

Heiner last week reported raising $4.3 million during the race, although $4.2 million of that is money the wealthy Louisville businessman has given his campaign.

The only Democrat to file as a slate, Attorney General Jack Conway, reported raising more than $750,000 in the first seven weeks of his campaign.

Comer hasn’t been able to officially start fundraising efforts because he hasn’t yet filed to run. But he has traveled the state in his official capacity and received nationwide attention while fighting to bring hemp seeds to Kentucky under a new state law.

Heiner said it was important to get into the race early, so he could begin introducing himself across the state.

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