FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Former Governor Brereton Jones says he
won't seek the Democratic nomination in next year's governor's
The 67-year-old Jones was governor of Kentucky from 1991 through
1995. Jones said in a statement that he had received "strong
encouragement" from across the state to again seek state
government's top office.
He said today after much prayerful consideration both he and his
wife, Libby, have determined that it's not the appropriate decision
for them at this stage of their lives.
Jones' decision adds to the growing list of potential
gubernatorial wannabes who have announced they would not run in the
2007 governor's race. Recently, Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson,
State Auditor Crit Luallen and U-S Representative Ben Chandler have
all pulled their names from consideration for the post.
Gubernatorial hopefuls have until the end of January to file
their candidacy papers.
So far, Otis Hensley Junior is the only Democrat to officially
enter the race.
On the Republican side, Governor Fletcher is the only candidate
to file official papers. Fletcher's former political ally, Billy
Harper of Paducah, has said he intends to enter the fray.