The Kentucky gubernatorial race is next year, but the contest has been in the news since last summer, when Mayor Jerry Abramson announced he was seeking the Lieutenant Governor’s post on Governor Steve Beshear‘s re-election ticket.

But what about a Republican ticket? The Herald-Leader has a rundown of the Republicans who may challenge Beshear:

The most prominent of the Republicans mulling a challenge to Beshear is Senate President David Williams, R-Burkesville. But talk by Williams, a member of the state legislature since 1985, about running for governor has failed to freeze the field of candidates for the political heavyweight.

David Adams, a former campaign director for U.S. Senate Republican nominee Rand Paul, has said he will announce a Republican ticket Thursday that hopes to pick up support from the Tea Party movement. The announcement is to come after 3 p.m. on Leland Conway’s radio show on 630 WLAP, followed by a news conference.

Adams has declined to identify the ticket, but several political blogs have mentioned that it might be Phil Moffett, a Louisville businessman and a member of the board of directors of the Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy Solutions, and state Rep. Mike Harmon of Boyle County. Neither could be reached for comment Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Republican State Rep. Bill Farmer of Lexington, who has pushed for state tax reform, confirmed Tuesday that he is looking at the race with Rep. Adam Koenig of Erlanger as his running mate.

Farmer, who has been in the state House since 2003, said he is disappointed that the state has not tackled changes in its tax code.

“I know a lot of people are surprised that I am talking about the race but no one has gotten out front to tackle our problems,” said Farmer.

Several Republicans say their “dream ticket” would be Williams slated with state Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer, who still enjoys much popularity in the state as a standout basketball player at the University of Kentucky in the 1990s. He is not related to Bill Farmer.

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