Somerset Mayor Alan Keck joins crowded field in Ky. governor’s race

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Published: Nov. 21, 2022 at 3:22 PM EST
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SOMERSET, Ky. (WYMT) - Somerset Mayor Alan Keck has joined the crowded race for the Republican nomination in Kentucky’s gubernatorial race.

Keck’s Twitter header was changed to indicate he’s running for governor and a website for his campaign was launched.

He was recently re-elected to another term as mayor.

He joins other Republican candidates including Kelly Knight Craft, Attorney General Daniel Cameron, State Rep. Savannah Maddox, State Auditor Mike Harmon and Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles.

“I’m not running against anyone, candidly I’m running for something, and that’s an opportunity to lead our commonwealth,” said Keck. “To bring people together and move our state forward.”

In his kickoff speech at the Virginia Theater in Somerset, Keck tied experiences in his faith to his spirit of service.

“I can’t have an event like this and not say thank you to God, to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,” Keck said. “I was saved at 12 years old and because of that I get to chase and pursue my dreams. But I’m also thankful not just for my salvation, but He gave me the spirit of service. And as a young person, He put it in my heart that I was supposed to lead a business some day, which we’ll talk about, and serve people in this community and possibly, some day, this state.”

Keck also highlighted his business experience.

“I’m the only one in the race, to my knowledge, that really has led in both private and public sector,” he said. “I’ve signed the front of paychecks, not just the backs of them.”

Keck also says he supports incentivizing maternity leave at the state level.

“To try to get back into the workplace after a couple weeks is just really difficult and our policies need to reflect our values, and if we are going to be pro-life and pro-family, that’s one policy that would suggest that we are,” said Keck

The republican primaries will be held in May.

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