Governor Matt Bevin will have opposition in the Republican primary if he eventually files to seek a second term.
Republican District 89 state Representative Robert Goforth made it official that he’ll seek the GOP nomination during an announcement Tuesday in Laurel County.
Goforth told of growing up in poverty, dropping out of high school and then obtaining his GED. He went to college after a workplace injury and eventually became the owner of a local chain of pharmacies.
He didn’t hold back as he compared himself to the incumbent—saying Bevin hasn’t represented the real people of Kentucky.
Goforth noted his Kentucky heritage as he contrasted himself with Bevin.
He says he’s the conservative leader Kentucky needs.
Goforth was elected in 2017 and represents all of Jackson and portions of Laurel and Madison counties.
Governor Bevin said last year that he would be seeking reelection, but has not filed his paperwork. Congressman James Comer has said he’d be interested in seeking the nomination, if Bevin doesn’t.
Former auditor Adam Edelen, Attorney General Andy Beshear and House Minority Floor Leader Rocky Adkins are seeking the Democratic nomination.