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Former KY Supreme Court Justice Will T. Scott jumps into race for governor

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Now there are three. The Republican race for governor got more crowded on Tuesday.

The latest hopeful is moving from the courtroom to the campaign trail.

Former Supreme Court Justice Will T. Scott is positioning himself as an outsider, and he made his announcement in sub-freezing temperatures outside Metro Hall.

"We're here freezing today," Scott commented to the gathered reporters.

But Scott is hoping that Kentuckians will warm to his folksy style and what he admits will be an unorthodox campaign.

"You all will never have seen a campaigner like me," he said.

Among Scott's proposals is expanded gambling. Scott wants to use gaming revenue to pay Kentucky's multi-billion dollar unfunded pension liability.

Expanded gambling has historically not been popular among Republicans. But Scott believes his idea will cash in.

"Because I'm tying it into solving a tremendous problem and fulfilling a promise that we all made to these people," said Scott.

Scott also supports charter schools, tax reform and criminal justice reform. He is the third Republican to enter the primary race.

Agriculture Commissioner James Comer and former Metro Councilman Hal Heiner have been campaigning and fundraising for months.

Businessman Matt Bevin and former Ambassador to Latvia Cathy Bailey have also expressed interest.

Scott says the more the merrier.

"We got our ideas in our pocket, and what we all have to do is put them out there, and let y'all argue with us, whether they work or not, and let the people decide," said Scott.

At the moment, Attorney General Jack Conway appears to have clear sailing to the Democratic nomination.

Nathan Haney, the chairman of the Jefferson Co. GOP, believes the crowded Republican field demonstrates the strength of the party.

"In the past, we've had trouble getting people to run for governor. Now, we have a lot of people who want to be governor and make some good positive changes for Kentucky," he said.

Scott's running mate is former Menifee Co. Sheriff Rodney Coffey, who recently resigned as president of the Kentucky Sheriff's Association. Both are both from eastern Kentucky, but say they'll build support statewide.

"I'm not afraid. Matter of fact, I'm looking forward to it," said Scott.

Both the Comer and Heiner campaigns say they are ready to take on all comers.

"Throughout the campaign, against all who are in the race, we look forward to sharing Hal Heiner's message as a conservative outsider looking to change business as usual in Frankfort," said Heiner campaign spokesman Doug Alexander in a statement.

Comer campaign spokesman Edwin King released the following statement, "We can't control who gets in the the race, but we can control our campaign. Kentuckians are responding to Commissioner Comer's message and that is reflected in the fundraising numbers. In the last quarter, we outraised our primary opponent three to one and our general opponent three to one. We look forward to an issues-based campaign against Conway in the fall."

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