Thursday, December 14, 2006

2007: Jonathan Miller-Irv Maze

Pol Watchers breaks the news that State Treasurer Jonathan Miller will file tomorrow to run for Governor with Jefferson County Attorney Irv Maze as his running mate.
State Treasurer Jonathan Miller, a Democrat, said he will file papers to begin raising money in the governor's race Friday with Jefferson County Attorney Irv Maze as his running mate.

Miller will hold a press conference Friday at the Registry of Election Finance in Frankfort, where he and Maze will turn in a letter of intent to begin raising and spending campaign funds.

Miller said he's not answering any more questions until that press conference.

The Miller-Maze ticket will be the first major Democratic ticket to file such papers.[...]

Maze has been county attorney since 1999.
For me, this is awesome news. I said back in the day that Jonathan Miller would be our nominee and what do you know, he's on his way to the Executive Mansion! Yes, you have read me right. I OFFICIALLY endorse State Treasurer Jonathan Miller in his bid for governor.

Irv Maze is a solid choice for the #2 guy as running mate. He's a hard worker and showed valuable leadership during the 2000 merger of Louisville and Jefferson County's government.

The Facebook group is up!

The campaign site can be found here.

An AP article is up.
State Treasurer Jonathan Miller said Thursday that he will enter the Democratic primary for governor, with Jefferson County Attorney Irv Maze as his running mate.

"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 native of Lexington, said he had no idea how many Democrats would get into next year's race for governor, 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 said he was meeting with his running mate on Thursday. Miller sidestepped questions about his themes in his run for governor, saying he'll discuss his campaign more fully on Friday.

Miller earned undergraduate and law degrees from Harvard and later worked on the staff of former Vice President Al Gore. 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 seek the nomination, 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.

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

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