Speaking to a sizable crowd in Campbellsville Wednesday, former Ambassador to the United Nations and 2023 GOP candidate for governor Kelly Craft announced that Senator Max Wise, of Campbellsville, would be joining her ticket as candidate for lieutenant governor.
The announcement comes a week after Craft formally launched her campaign, seeking the GOP nomination in a crowded primary that already includes: Attorney General Daniel Cameron, Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles, Auditor Mike Harmon, and State Representative Savannah Maddox.
Craft is the first GOP candidate in the field to formally announce a running mate, as a new law passed in 2019 removed a previous requirement for gubernatorial candidates in Kentucky to name their running mate prior to the primary election.
Wise, who is finishing up his second term representing Kentucky’s 16th Senate District, is running unopposed for a third state senate term in 2022. A resident of Taylor County, Wise also represents Adair, Allen, Metcalfe, Monroe, and part of Warren counties in the state senate.
Craft said of Wise in a tweet Wednesday, “he is committed to Kentucky, a person of impeccable integrity, and a strong conservative.”
The 2023 Kentucky gubernatorial primary will be held Tuesday, May 16. The deadline for candidates to file for statewide office is Friday, January 6 at 4:00 p.m.