Jonathan Miller announces run for Governor

Earlier today, Kentucky State Treasurer Jonathan Miller announced that he will run for Governor.  He has named Jefferson County Attorney Irv Maze as his running mate.

The campaign site is coming soon but it can be found at

More below the flip....

Earlier this year, Miller authored a book, The Compassionate Community, in which he detailed ten values to unite America.  I've read this book and reviewed it on  In case you were wondering, all proceeds are going to charity.

Here's an excerpt from the AP article.

State Treasurer Jonathan Miller said Thursday that he will run for governor next year, with Jefferson County Attorney Irv Maze as his running mate.

They will form a Democratic ticket with strong ties to Kentucky's two largest cities in what could become a crowded field seeking to win back the governor's mansion from Republicans next year.

"We will definitely be in the race," Miller said in an interview with The Associated Press.

Miller, 39, a Harvard-educated lawyer in his second term as state treasurer, said he will file papers with the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance on Friday, enabling him to begin campaign fundraising.

Miller, a Lexington native, said he had no idea how many candidates would jump into the Democratic primary, adding that the situation is "very fluid right now."

"We're not even considering the other candidates at this point," he said. "We just need to get started as soon as possible."

Miller sidestepped questions about his themes in his run for governor, saying he'll discuss his campaign more fully on Friday once he files the paperwork.

As state treasurer, Miller championed a prepaid tuition program in which participants could lock in future college tuition at current rates by paying in advance.

A spokesman for Maze said he would not comment about the campaign until Friday.

Miller worked on the campaign staff of Al Gore and served as deputy chief of staff in the U.S. Department of Energy in the Clinton administration. Miller finished sixth in a seven-way Democratic primary for 6th District congressman in 1998, but bounced back a year later to win election as state treasurer. He was re-elected in 2003.

State Auditor Crit Luallen, who recently said she would not run for governor, said Miller was one of the Democratic Party's "bright young stars."

"He will run a spirited campaign of substance - a campaign that will produce ideas as well as a lot of energy and enthusiasm," Luallen said.

Maze, 56, has lived in Louisville since attending law school at the University of Louisville. He has been Jefferson County attorney since 1999. Before that, he was a Jefferson County commissioner for 14 years.

Miller's entry into the race comes as several potential rivals are still weighing bids for governor.

As for my thoughts, I've been a supporter of Miller for a few years and have interviewed him for my blog.  I did vote for him in 2003 in the first statewide elections that I was able to vote for.

Irv Maze is a solid choice for the #2 spot.  He played a viable leadership role in the merger of the county and city governments in 2002.

Tags: 2007, 2007 elections, Jonathan Miller, Kentucky (all tags)


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