Beshear announces candidacy for governor in 2019

07/09/2018 11:47 AM

LOUISVILLE — Attorney General Andy Beshear made his first campaign stop for the 2019 race for the Democratic gubernatorial primary in Louisville on Monday morning, with a message focused on teachers and the future of Kentucky.

The Louisville announcement on Monday morning was the first for Beshear, and his running mate, Jacqueline Coleman, an educator and founder of non-profit LEAD Kentucky — a program that recruits and trains college women in an effort to build the next generation of leaders. The slate planned seven stops across the Commonwealth on Monday and Tuesday to announce their campaign.

Education will be a major cornerstone in the campaign, and Coleman said teachers and rural communities are hurting.

Beshear is the only declared candidate in the race that is expected to draw multiple top tier Democrats. But one candidate on the Republican side who has yet to declare a race is Governor Matt Bevin, who first won office in 2015.

The Republican Party of Kentucky reacted to Beshear’s candidacy for the governorship in 2019.

“I’m glad Andy Beshear has announced his candidacy so early,” RPK Communications Director Tres Watson said. “It will allow us to remind Kentuckians voting both this fall and next of the sort of corrupt, pay-to-play scandal ridden government they can expect if Democrats are elected.”

Republicans, as indicated in the statement, are expected to focus on instances of corruption by Democrats. They’re also trying to tie former Deputy Attorney General Tim Longmeyer, who was also the former Personnel Cabinet Secretary, to Beshear.

Longmeyer is serving a federal prison sentence for bribery during his time in office.
Some of the money Longmeyer was kicked back is in Beshear’s former campaign coffers, and he’s pledged to donate that money after an audit.

Beshear also offered a position on Monday, on how the state should address billions in underfunding for the pension systems. The Attorney General said he thinks Kentuckians would be supportive of expanded gaming as a way to pay down that debt, and ensure viability in the program in the years to come.

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