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Beshear Announces Run for Governor, Chooses Educator as Running Mate

Attorney General Andy Beshear announced Monday that he will run for governor next year.
 
The 40-year old Democrat is the son of former Governor Steve Beshear, who was elected in 2007 and served till 2015.
 
In his announcement, Beshear said that he wants to invest in public education, attract better-paying jobs, more aggressively tackle the heroin crisis, and restore government accountability.
 
He named educator Jacqueline Coleman, 36, of Harrodsburg, as his lieutenant governor running mate. The pair are campaigning together around the state over the next two days, though no stops are planned in Northern Kentucky.
 
“I have poured my heart and soul into being attorney general because I love Kentucky,” Beshear said. “I was born and raised in this state, graduated from its public schools and my wife Britainy and I chose it as the place we would perform our most important job – raising our children. As governor, I will work every day to bring Kentuckians together to tackle our most pressing problems.”
 
Beshear said leaders in Frankfort are placing their own interests ahead of the interests of regular Kentuckians. He has regularly battled Republican Governor Matt Bevin in public fights and in court. “We need a new generation of leadership willing to listen and work with people, not bully them and say it’s my way or the highway,” Beshear said.
 
Beshear brought unions and educators together to sue and stop the 2018 pension reform law.
 
“These are big goals, but we can achieve them if we work together and trust one another,” Beshear said. “I’m blessed that in making this announcement and commitment, I’m supported by the best family anyone could ask for as well as the best running mate.”
 
A fifth-generation Mercer Countian, Coleman has worked over a decade in public education, serving as a teacher, high school basketball coach, and administrator.
 
Coleman began her teaching career at Burgin High School before moving on to East Jessamine High School. She’s currently an assistant principal at Nelson County High School. Coleman played college basketball and has been a staunch advocate for public education and empowering young women.
 
“Frankfort is broken, and as Kentuckians, we can no longer allow our government to blindside us time and time again at the cost of our children’s future,” Coleman said. “We need a change and that’s why I’m running with Andy. His fight to protect our families has made him an outsider in Frankfort, and his passion and conviction for Kentucky is the one thing that will truly restore open and honest government that will once again work for each and every one of us.”
 
Beshear and Coleman will campaign in Ashland, Bowling Green, Lexington, Louisville, Owensboro, Paducah, and Pikeville over the next two days.
 
No other Democrat has announced their candidacy. Bevin has also not yet said whether he would run for a second term.
 
-Staff report