Attorney General Andy Beshear announces run for Kentucky Governor

Andy Beshear was elected to the Attorney General's office in 2016, and announced his candidacy for Governor Monday. (WCHS/WVAH)

Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear made four stops in Kentucky Monday, announcing his candidacy for Governor in the 2019 general election at each one.

Beshear’s infant candidacy has focused heavily on education fresh off Beshear’s lawsuit blocking the legislature’s pension reform plan that caused statewide teacher walkouts and rallies.

“Most kids, it doesn’t matter if their parents are Democrat or Republican, rich or poor, they go to the same public school,” Beshear said.

Beshear’s running mate, Jacqueline Coleman, has been an assistant principal at Nelson High School before joining the campaign and joined the rallies against the pension reform plan.

“When the opportunity came to fight the same fight with an amplified voice, a bigger platform, there was no way that I could pass that up,” Coleman said.

Beshear said his other platform staples include reducing the drug epidemic, unifying parties on issues across lines, and bringing high paying jobs into Kentucky.

“Our current approach to economic development is only making more money for some C.E.O. out of state” he said.

Beshear has approached this campaign with a lot of optimism, but it won’t be easy to dethrone incumbent Republican Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin.

Bevin attacked Beshear and his father, former governor Steve Beshear, on Twitter.

The Tweet accused Steve’s administration of being corrupt, and went on to say Andy’s would be “4 more years of the same.”

Beshear shrugged the Tweet off, calling it political bullying.

“one of the reasons I’m running is to restore decency to the Governor’s office,” he said.

Bevin has not officially declared he will be running for reelection.

Beshear will hold several campaign stops at the following locations Tuesday, July 9th:

  • 9:30 a.m. Central time
  • Wendell H. Ford Government Education Center at the Owensboro Museum of Science and History
  • 122 East 2nd St., Owensboro, Ky.
  • 12:30 p.m. Central time
  • Paducah Tilghman High School
  • 2400 Washington St., Paducah, Ky.
  • 4 p.m. Central time
  • Western Kentucky University, Cherry Hall
  • 1906 College Heights Blvd., Bowling Green, Ky.
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