By Dylan T. Lovan
The Associated Press
LOUISVILLE - Republican Rebecca Jackson, whose term as Jefferson County's judge-executive ended last week, said Monday that she is running for governor of Kentucky.
"I'm running for governor because I truly believe that it is time for us to take the failed policies that have brought us to this point and put us on this track, and go in a different direction," Ms. Jackson said in an impromptu meeting with reporters at the Kentucky International Convention Center. "We must find ways to make our government more efficient and more effective for the people of this state."
Ms. Jackson, the first woman to serve as Jefferson County judge-executive and the first Republican elected to that office in nearly 20 years, said she picked Murray businessman Robbie Rudolph as a running mate. She called Mr. Rudolph, a tire entrepreneur who has never held political office, "very conservative and extremely honest."
She was elected judge-executive in 1998.
Ms. Jackson and Mr. Rudolph will make an official announcement of their candidacy on Thursday at the Capitol Rotunda in Frankfort.
In the Republican primary, Ms. Jackson would compete against state Rep. Steve Nunn and Rep. Ernie Fletcher of Lexington, among others.
At least four other Republicans have also created exploratory committees for gubernatorial campaigns or filed their candidacy papers. The primary will be May 20.
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