Updated Tue, Mar 4, 2014 5:49 pm
Republican Hal Heiner says he wants to use his business experience to improve Kentucky's economy as the state's next governor.
The former Louisville councilman entered next year's governor's race at a campaign kickoff event Tuesday in Lexington.
Heiner, an engineer and developer, has recruited former Lexington-Fayette County councilwoman KC Crosbie as his running mate.
Heiner says Kentucky needs leadership and innovation. He says his "Kentucky First" campaign theme stresses his goal of improving the state's performance in job and personal income growth.
The 2015 Republican primary is about 14 months away.
Another potential Republican candidate is state Agriculture Commissioner James Comer.
Comer says he's in a strong position should he enter the race. For now, he says he's focused on helping republicans running for office this year.