Andy Beshear becomes first candidate to announce for 2015 race for attorney general

11/14/2013 10:00 AM

Louisville lawyer Andy Beshear, the son of Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear, announced in a press release Thursday that he will indeed run for attorney general in 2015.

Andy Beshear has been long considering the race for attorney general, an office his father held from 1979 to 1983.

The younger Beshear has filed papers with the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance to begin raising money and launched a website.

“Today my family and I have decided to take the skills I have learned in fighting for Kentucky communities, businesses both small and large and community organizations to fighting for all of the people of this great Commonwealth,” Beshear said in press release. “If elected, I will work to make every Kentucky community, family, business and school safe and prosperous.”

Andy Beshear has been an attorney at Stites & Harbison — the same firm his father worked for between stints as an elected official. The firm has represented several high-profile clients that either have business with the state, such as the builders of the proposed Bluegrass Pipeline , and companies that are tangled in court cases with the state, such as drug maker Purdue Pharma .

Other Democrats considering the race to replace Attorney General Jack Conway, who is term-limited, include Louisville lawyer and former Kentucky Democratic Party Chairman Jennifer Moore and state Rep. John Tilley of Hopkinsville.

Moore told Pure Politics that right now she is focused on electing Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes in 2014, but that she would make her decision about the Attorney’s General race when “the time is right.”

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