LOUISVILLE, Ky (WHAS11) -- Saying “the Washington DC politicians have failed us,” Ron Leach, a recently retired U.S. Army Major, announced Monday he is running for the congressional seat now held by U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-Ky).
Leach, a farmer in Breckenridge County, said he is running as a Democrat. He is the first challenger to file for the 2014 race.
According to his campaign, Leach he served 21 years on Active Duty and 8 years in the National Guard, including four combat deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan.
Though Guthrie has not yet filed for re-election, he is expected to run in 2014. Through March, Guthrie had reported more than $900,000 in cash on hand for the race and is expected to have topped $1 million when the next report is filed in the next week.
Guthrie, a Bowling Green business owner and former state senator, has held the seat since 2009.
The Second Congressional District encompasses 18 Central Kentucky counties and portions of three others.
“The America I fought for believed it was important to take care of American workers and local and small businesses. The Congress I am fighting to change has forgotten that. They only care about themselves, and their rich and powerful friends,” Leach said in a Monday news release.
The campaign said it plans kickoff events across the district on Saturday, July 20. The campaign’s website, www.ronleach4ky.com, was launched Monday.
“Our country kept its promises to seniors by protecting Social Security and Medicare. We provided our children with quality public educations, so that every child could have a chance to succeed and our businesses would have a strong workforce. And we had leaders who helped create jobs and strengthen the Middle Class while building interstates, dams, and bridges that were the envy of the world. Congress has forgotten all that – and it must change,” Leach said.
Statement from Guthrie for Congress
“Representative Guthrie is focused on balancing the federal budget, repealing and replacing Obamacare with health care solutions that bring down costs for working families, and passing legislation that makes it easier for Kentuckians to find good paying jobs. Brett looks forward to continuing to fight for conservative values in the weeks and months ahead.”