WATCH: Rep. Robert Goforth running for governor on Republican ticket

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LONDON, Ky. (WYMT) - In a news conference Tuesday morning, State Representative Robert Goforth from East Bernstadt announced he will run for the Republican nomination for governor.

His running mate will be Michael Hogan, who is serving his fifth term as Lawrence County Attorney. Both Goforth and Hogan are military veterans.

"I am not a New England transplant using the people of Kentucky to feed my ego or audition for a job in Washington, D.C. Rather, I empathize with millions of my fellow Kentuckians," said Rep. Goforth. "I understand and I respect you because I am you. I believe Kentucky deserves a governor who is one of us."

While current Governor Matt Bevin, also a Republican, has said he plans to run again, he has not officially filed for re-election.

“We need a governor who listens more than he lectures; who leads more than he lambasts," Goforth said during his announcement. "Our Commonwealth needs a chief executive who is a conservative molded not by New England and Wall Street but by Kentucky and Main Street.”

Vowing to bring people together to solve the issues facing Kentucky, Goforth closed by saying, "To anyone who may say that I cannot possibly defeat an entrenched governor who is funded by corporate CEOs and wealthy elites, know this: I have been fighting and defying the odds my entire life, accomplishing goals most never thought possible. Mike and I are not afraid of the challenge that lies ahead. We don’t just welcome it. We embrace it.”

Rep. Goforth is not only a veteran but a pharmacist and a political newcomer. Early last year, he won a special election to fill Marie Rader's seat. He won re-election in November. Goforth represents the 89th District, which includes Jackson and parts of Laurel and Madison Counties. He has four children, including four-year-old triplets.

There are a handful of Democrats who have filed to run. They are Attorney General Andy Beshear, former State Auditor Adam Edelen, State Representative Rocky Adkins, and Geoff Young.

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