Earlier today, Kentucky Auditor of Public Accounts Mike Harmon announced he will be a candidate for governor in 2023. Harmon is in his second term as auditor, and is term limited from seeking that post again. He becomes the first major Republican to officially announce his plans for 2023 in what could be a crowded primary to take on incumbent Democrat Governor Andy Beshear.
Harmon was first elected state auditor in November 2015 when he defeated Democrat incumbent Adam Edlen. He won re-election for another four-year term in November 2019. Prior to becoming auditor, Harmon served as a state representative. He also ran for lieutenant governor in 2011.
Harmon says he has filed his paperwork and in a released statement, says he “looks forward to once again traveling across the state and meeting the wonderful people of Kentucky as I listen to their concerns and share my goals for our great Commonwealth.”