Kentucky State AFL-CIO throws its support behind Jack Conway's gubernatorial campaign

01/20/2015 05:13 PM

After collecting endorsements from various labor groups throughout his gubernatorial campaign, Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway received the Kentucky State AFL-CIO’s backing on Tuesday.

The AFL-CIO represents a number of labor organizations, some of which have already endorsed Conway’s gubernatorial bid. Still, the group’s support brings the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, United Steelworkers and United Association of Pipefitters, among others, to the fold.

Conway and his running mate, House Majority Caucus Chairwoman Sannie Overly of Paris, remain the only prominent Democratic ticket in the race with a week until the Jan. 27 filing deadline. The 45-year-old, two-term attorney general faces a little-known slate headed by Geoff Young, who lost to Elisabeth Jensen in last year’s 6th Congressional District primary, in the May 19 Democratic primary.

“Sannie and I are incredibly honored to receive the Kentucky State AFL-CIO’s support for our ticket this November,” Conway said in a statement. “The AFL-CIO has a long history of advocating for working families. Sannie and I will continue to fight for the working people of our Commonwealth by creating good paying jobs to move us forward.”

Bill Londrigan, president of the Kentucky State AFL-CIO, said working Kentuckians would benefit from a Conway-Overly victory this fall.

“Jack is truly committed to helping Kentucky’s hard working men and women improve their living standards and working conditions and he understands the struggles that workers face in this difficult economy,” Londrigan said in a statement. “We believe the working families of Kentucky will have a great advocate in Jack Conway as Governor and look forward to working with his administration to make Kentucky an even better place to live, work and play.”

Conway, if he wins the Democratic nomination, will face the survivor of a crowded Republican primary this fall. Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer, former Louisville Metro Council member Hal Heiner and former Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Will T. Scott are the only high-profile candidates thus far.

Kevin Wheatley

Kevin Wheatley is a reporter for Pure Politics. He joined cn|2 in September 2014 after five years at The State Journal in Frankfort, where he covered Kentucky government and politics. You can reach him at kevin.wheatley@charter.com or 502-792-1135 and follow him on Twitter at @KWheatley_cn2.

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