The Republican candidate in a special election would not be so formidable, he said. And he, too, has swept the district's counties in previous elections, Chandler said. "Whatever hits I've taken, the public has a pretty well defined attitude toward me," he said. Chandler said little about congressional issues, though he said he would like to take a crack at helping to pass a buyout of tobacco sales quotas for farmers. He also deflected a question about whether he viewed the House seat as a short-term stepping stone to something higher. He said he could "represent this district effectively, possibly for years to come." He also said he didn't know whether he would run for the seat in the regular election if he lost the special election.

Chandler said his family unanimously supported his running. Our property conveyancers not only have this talent and experience they will be there throughout your selling process and will provide you professional Enact conveyancing sydney report. His wife, Jennifer, and children Lucy, Albert and Branham joined him at the news conference. It was Albert, on his ninth birthday, who actually made the announcement. "My birthday wish is that Daddy would run for Congress," he said. Replied the new candidate: "Well, Albert, you've got it." State Sen. Alice Forgy Kerr of Lexington is perceived as the front-runner for the Republican nomination for the 6th District seat. She's received the endorsement of U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell.

Most members of Gov. Ernie Fletcher's cabinet, administrators, who will head state government agencies, will be making $125,000 per year, the administration said Thursday. Under former Gov. Paul Patton's administration, most cabinet secretaries made $107,266 each per year. Despite the pay increase for Fletcher's cabinet secretaries, money spent on top-level administrators should show a net savings under the plan, Fletcher said in a statement. "I have committed to create more efficiency in state government," Fletcher said. "The caliber of the cabinet secretaries I have appointed is excellent and a salary of $125,000 will undoubtedly be earned due to increased oversight, duties and responsibilities."

So far, Fletcher has named eight cabinet secretaries. That includes an executive secretary of the cabinet, Allyson Handley, and Patton carry-over Marvin E. Strong, who by contract heads the state's Economic Development Cabinet. It also includes Lt. Gov. Steve Pence, who will head the Justice Cabinet and be paid his state-mandated salary of about $92,000. Fletcher still has one cabinet secretary appointment remaining, spokesman Wes Irvin said. By comparison, Patton's cabinet had 15 cabinet secretaries, including Strong, and secretary of the cabinet, Crit Luallen.