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Farmer Says He's Mulling Political Future

Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer says he'll make a decision about his political future over the next couple of weeks.Farmer  is prohibited by term limits from running again for his current office. The Republican has been in discussions about taking the second spot on a gubernatorial ticket with Senate President David Williams, but says he hasn't ruled out other possibilities. "I think Secretary of  State, or some of the other constitutional offices may be an option, but would be leaning toward running for one of the top spots, " Farmer said prior to the annual Kentucky Farm Bureau ham breakfast at the Kentucky State Fair Thursday.Farmer says he'll make a decision after consulting with his family.Williams said Thursday that an announcement about a possible run for governor will come "sooner rather than later."

Rick Howlett was midday host and the host of LPM's weekly talk show, "In Conversation." He was with LPM from 2001-2023 and held many different titles, including Morning Edition host, Assignment Editor and Interim News Director. He died in August 2023. Read a remembrance of Rick here.