Gatewood Galbraith and his running mate Dea Riley are my guests Monday night on Issues and Answers: The Mountain Edition. Galbraith is no stranger to Kentucky politics. He first ran for political office in 1983 seeking the Democratic nomination for Agriculture Commissioner.
Galbraith, a Lexington attorney, has thrown his hat into the political ring on several other occasions. This is his fourth run for Governor. He lost in the Democratic Primary for Governor in 1991, 1995 and 2007. He ran as a Reform Party candidate for Lieutenant Governor in 1999. Galbraith lost two bids for the 6th District Congressional seat in 2000 (Reform Party) and 2002 (Independent Party). In 2003 he lost in the Democratic Primary for State Attorney General. Galbraith and Riley are running as Independents in the 2011 Governor’s race.
On his website Galbraith says he wants to solve Frankfort’s “dysfunctional governing process”. He describes the state’s Republican and Democratic leaders as “two bull elk with their horns locked together and they can’t disengage”. Galbraith says it will take an Independent Governor to “to unlock the horns and breathe new life into both parties”.
His running mate, Dea Riley, owns a marketing firm and has served as a political strategist. This is her first run for political office. Riley is a former Republican. In her bio, Riley says Kentucky’s problems are “directly linked to failed leadership, corruption and cronyism among elected officials”.
Riley recently moved from Letcher County to Frankfort to be closer to her business. Riley says she hopes to retire here in the mountains.
Governor Steve Beshear and Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson have also filed letters of intent to run with the Registry of Election Finance. This will allow the campaigns to start raising money. Harlan County contractor Otis “Bullman” Hensley has also announced his intentions to run as well.
What would you like to ask Gatewood Galbraith and Dea Riley? Send your questions to email@example.com or just leave a comment on this blog. I’ll use some of your questions when I sit down with the Galbraith/Riley ticket Monday at 7pm.
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