Louisville businessman and Tea Party activist Matt Bevin is running for Kentucky Governor.
Bevin made the announcement Tuesday in Louisville. Bevin challenged U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell during last year's GOP Senate primary, winning 35 percent of the vote.
Bevin's Lieutenant Governor running mate will be Jenean Hampton of Bowling Green. She ran unsuccessfully against Democratic Rep. Jody Richards last year for the state's 20th District House seat.
Bevin joins a crowded GOP gubernatorial primary including Agriculture Commissioner James Comer, former Louisville Metro Councilman Hal Heiner, and former Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Will T. Scott.
Attorney General Jack Conway and former Congressional candidates Geoff Young have filed to run for the Democratic nomination.
Former U.S. Senate candidate Matt Bevin says he will run for a statewide office.
Bevin, a Louisville businessman, said in a statement that he would file the paperwork at the Capitol in Frankfort on Tuesday afternoon. He did not say which office he would seek, but he has been mentioned as a possible gubernatorial candidate.
The tea party-backed Bevin lost last year's primary to incumbent Sen. Mitch McConnell.
Candidates have until 4 p.m. to file for one of six statewide offices that are on the ballot in 2015.