Chandler says he's ready to tackle race for Congress

By BETH CRACE State Journal Staff Writer Published:

His hat is officially in the ring.

Democrat Ben Chandler on Thursday confirmed to the public he will seek the 6th District congressional seat left vacant by now-Gov. Ernie Fletcher.

Chandler, who lost the governor's race to Fletcher by a 10-point margin, said he thinks he can make a successful bid for the U.S. House of Representatives. Fresh off the state campaign trail, Chandler, the state attorney general and former auditor of public accounts, said his name recognition has never been greater.

A Woodford County native, Chandler said he is the best man to represent his home district, which also includes Franklin County.

"I know all the counties in the district and I have spent time in all of them," said Chandler, from the sun room of his Versailles home where a decorated Christmas tree stood in the corner. "...I don't think the Republican party can put up a candidate who has spent as much time in the district as I have."

So far, state Sen. Alice Forgy Kerr, the daughter of former 1995 gubernatorial candidate Larry Forgy, has been named as the GOP's most likely candidate. Reps. Stan Lee and Lonnie Napier also have expressed desire to run.

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