FRANKFORT, Ky. (WYMT) - State Rep. Rocky Adkins officially filed to run for Kentucky governor Thursday.
Adkins, a democratic leader in the Kentucky House, had previously announced his candidacy for governor Nov. 14 in Morehead.
"I am running because Kentuckians deserve a governor who will stand up for them," Adkins said.
Adkins said people are hungry for a governor who is like them -- someone they can connect to.
"Someone who will bring decency and respect back to the governor's office," Adkins said.
Adkins touted his seasoned experience and proven leadership as qualities he would bring to the governor's office.
Adkins is running with Stephanie Horne, a former Jefferson County School Board member and an attorney in Louisville.
"It's an honor to be filing to run as lieutenant governor with Rocky Adkins," Horne said.
Earlier this year, Adkins' campaign said it had raised more than $620,000 in less than two months.
"I never had anything handed to me. I earned everything I have gotten in life," Adkins said, adding, " I hope to earn the voters' trust and the opportunity to work with them to build a better Kentucky."