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Auditor Adam Edelen to Run for Reelection, Not Governor

Kentucky Auditor Adam Edelen announced Wednesday that he will run for reelection in 2015, putting to rest any consideration he may have had for a gubernatorial run.

Edelen, a Democrat, is in his first term as state auditor and has become a household name in Northern Kentucky and not just because his mother lives in suburban Boone County.

His office has launched or completed examinations of the City of Covington, the Dayton Board of Education, and the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG), among others. Edelen had said previously that he would announce his future plans after releasing a broad audit of the Jefferson County Public Schools system which happened a few weeks ago.

Edelen announced his reelection plans via Twitter. "In 2015, I will be a candidate for re-election as State Auditor," he tweeted. "During my tenure as Kentucky's taxpayer watchdog, we have broken new ground. From ferreting out waste and holding corrupt public officials accountable, to the work of making our schools run for the benefit of our children and taxpayers, to ensuring privacy protections in the digital age, I'm proud of what has been accomplished. I look forward to asking the people of Kentucky for a mandate to continue this important, bi-partisan work. I greatly appreciate the expressions of encouragement and support from across the Commonwealth as I explored a race for governor."

Attorney General Jack Conway, of Louisville, is running for governor on the Democratic side with State Rep. Sannie Overly, of Paris, as his running mate. Businessman Hal Heiner, of Louisville, is running on the Republican side with former Lexington City Councilwoman KC Crosbie as his running mate. Republican Commissioner of Agriculture James Comer is also said to be exploring a run.

Governor Steve Beshear, a Democrat, will complete his second term in 2015 and cannot seek a third. His son, Andy Beshear, is running to replace Conway as Attorney General.

-Staff report

Photo: Adam Edelen