Heiner kicking off 2015 Kentucky governor's race

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WKYT) - A prominent Republican says former Louisville councilman Hal Heiner is kicking off his campaign for governor Tuesday in Lexington, joining with another urban Republican for his running mate.

Former state GOP chairman Bob Gable says Heiner will introduce former Lexington-Fayette County councilwoman KC Crosbie as his running mate. Crosbie ran for state treasurer in 2011, narrowly losing to Democratic incumbent Todd Hollenbach.

Gable said Crosbie is an excellent campaigner and said Heiner's selection of her for the ticket is "ingenious."

The 2015 Republican primary is about 14 months away.

Gable says he believes Heiner will be the Republican nominee for governor and that he showed his vote-getting ability in the 2010 mayoral race in Louisville. Heiner lost a hard-fought campaign in that 2010 race and also served two terms on the Louisville Metro Council.

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