State Auditor Ed Hatchett wants to run for Congress and says he's gained the name recognition in the 6th District to wage a successful campaign.
Hatchett, a Democrat who lost his party's nomination for attorney general to Greg Stumbo, has formally entered the race for the U.S. House of Representatives. On Friday, the Glasgow native filed candidacy papers for the May primary with the Kentucky secretary of state's office.
"I'd just like to become the voice of the people of the 6th District in the U.S. House," Hatchett told The State Journal.
Hatchett, who grew up on a farm, said he'd be a vocal advocate for farmers and work for a tobacco buyout. He said he'd also work to reduce health-care costs and to strengthen a recently passed Medicare bill to further reduce the cost of prescription medicine for senior citizens.
"There are a whole host of issues that need the attention of a good public servant," he said.
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