Adam Edelen will run for state Auditor; Damon Thayer says he might too

09/30/2010 07:06 PM

(With video report) Adam Edelen, the former chief of staff to Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear, confirmed to Pure Politics on Thursday that he will file to run for the Democratic nomination for state Auditor next year.

Edelen said in a telephone interview that he will file his paperwork with the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance on Friday to begin raising money for the office. But he said he likely won’t have much campaign activity until after this November’s election.

Edelen, however, isn’t the only one expressing interest in the auditor’s job. Republican state Sen. Damon Thayer of Georgetown said he’s interested in the job.

Here’s the full report from Thursday’s edition of Pure Politics:

Thayer is chairman of the Senate state and local government committee and has sponsored bills aimed at transparency of government finances and tighter regulations of quasi-governmental organizations, such as the Kentucky Association of Counties and Kentucky League of Cities.

Edelen’s last day as Beshear’s chief of staff was Sept. 15. He had been widely mentioned as a potential candidate for the auditor’s spot, which will be vacated by Crit Luallen, a Democrat. Luallen, who was on Pure Politics Wednesday night, will finish her second term next year and cannot run for a third.

Before working in the Beshear administration, Edelen worked for Thomas & King, which owns Applebees restaurant franchises.

- Ryan Alessi


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