Heiner to announce run for Ky governor with Crosbie as running mate


by Joe Arnold


Posted on March 2, 2014 at 7:56 PM

Updated Sunday, Mar 2 at 8:01 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Louisville real estate developer and former Metro Councilman Hal Heiner will announce Tuesday he is running for Kentucky governor, sources familiar with Heiner's plans confirm to WHAS11 News.

WHAS11 has also learned that Heiner has chosen former Lexington council member K.C. Crosbie to be his running mate for the Republican nomination in the 2015 race.

Heiner is the chairman of Capstone Realty which has developed the Commerce Crossings industrial park in southern Jefferson County and the River Ridge Commerce Park in Jeffersonville, Indiana.

Other Republicans considering the governor's race include philanthropist Cathy Bailey of Louisville, the former U.S. Ambassador to Latvia and Agriculture Commissioner James Comer.

Both Comer and Bailey have indicated a sensitivity in the timing of a gubernatorial campaign so as not to distract from the 2014 elections and Republican hopes to regain control of the Kentucky House for the first time in nearly a century.

In January, when Heiner launched a Super PAC to help Republican House candidates, he told WHAS11 the effort was not connected to his anticipated run for governor.

"We've languished in Kentucky for 92 years under single party control and it's simply time to make a change," Heiner said on January 29.

"Our unemployment remains high, our per capita income ranks near the bottom of the country, and our budget is a complete disaster," Heiner said.

"The last three or four months, I've been talking with people on really all four corners of Kentucky," Heiner told WHAS11 in the January interview, disclosing then he would announce whether he would run for governor by the end of the first quarter of 2014.

After a narrow loss to Democrat Greg Fischer in the 2010 Louisville mayor's race, Heiner continued to advocate for education reforms, in particular, for school choice.  He chaired two organizations in that effort, the Kentucky Charter Schools Association and Kentuckians Advocating Reforms in Education (KARE).

Crosbie served three terms on the Lexington-Fayette Urban County County Council and lost a 2011 bid for state treasurer. She is Kentucky's National Committee Woman for the Republican National Committee.