Friday, December 12, 2003

Chandler to run for 6th District Congress seat

By Charles Wolfe
The Associated Press

VERSAILLES, Ky. - Democrat Ben Chandler Thursday announced he would try to win the 6th District Congressional seat given up by Gov. Ernie Fletcher, who defeated him Nov. 4.

Chandler said the sudden prospect of getting a seat in the U.S. House was a "golden opportunity."

"My name recognition will never be higher," Chandler said following a news conference at his home in Woodford County.

Chandler, the state's attorney general, won three bids for statewide office before losing to Fletcher. His grandfather, A.B. "Happy" Chandler, was twice elected governor and served as a U.S. senator.

Chandler said he will ask electors from the 16 counties of the central Kentucky district to consider him as a candidate when they meet to make their selection Monday. State Auditor Ed Hatchett said Wednesday he also was interested in getting the nomination.

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