2019 election


The field is set for this year’s partisan statewide races for Kentucky governor and other constitutional offices like attorney general and secretary of state.

Four Democrats and four Republicans filed to run for governor, including incumbent Gov. Matt Bevin.

There will be three primary elections that don’t have challengers this year — former Attorney General Greg Stumbo is the only Democrat vying for his old seat and Republican Treasurer Allison Ball and Republican Auditor Mike Harmon are running for re-election without primary challengers.

The primary elections will take place on May 21. Independent candidates have until April 1 to file to run for statewide office.

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Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin has announced that his running mate during his re-election campaign this year will be Ralph Alvarado, a state senator and physician from Winchester.

The announcement came just four days before the deadline to run for office, January 29, and means that current Lt. Governor Jenean Hampton will not be on a ticket with Bevin again.

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State Sen. Whitney Westerfield has dropped out of the race for Kentucky attorney general, citing time constraints from his role in the legislature.

Westerfield is the Republican chair of the Senate’s judiciary committee and narrowly lost a race for attorney general to Democrat Andy Beshear in 2015.

In a statement, Westerfield said running for the state’s top legal officer is “no longer feasible at this time.”

“I have been overwhelmed by the support I received during this campaign, but this decision will hopefully give another qualified candidate the opportunity to run their campaign as it should be run,” Westerfield said.

Rocky Adkins Files to Run for Governor in Kentucky

Jan 24, 2019
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Making a direct appeal to blue-collar workers, longtime legislator Rocky Adkins portrayed himself Thursday as the Democrat best able to win back support in rural Kentucky as the former college basketball player officially filed to run for governor this year.

Despite spending more than three decades in the Kentucky legislature, Adkins acknowledged that he's viewed by some as an underdog candidate. The May Democratic primary includes two other candidates who have won statewide races.

Cameron Files to Run for Attorney General in Kentucky

Jan 22, 2019
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A former University of Louisville football player and lawyer for U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has filed to run for attorney general in Kentucky, setting up a primary with a powerful state senator.

Daniel Cameron filed paperwork Tuesday to seek the Republican nomination for attorney general. He is the second Republican to enter the race, joining Whitney Westerfield, a former prosecutor who is now chairman of the state Senate Judiciary Committee.

No Democrats have filed for the seat yet, but former state House Speaker Greg Stumbo has said he plans to run. Democrat Attorney General Andy Beshear is not seeking re-election and is running for governor instead.


Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes says she won’t run for governor or any other statewide office this year.

In a statement released Monday, Grimes said that she had been considering a campaign to become Kentucky’s second female governor but ended speculation that she would do so.

“While I am grateful for the confidence, support and friendship from thousands of supporters across this state, I have decided not to run another statewide campaign this year,” Grimes said.

Beshear Files for Governor, Urges Opponents to Release Taxes

Jan 15, 2019
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Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear has officially filed to run for governor, calling on his Democratic opponents to release their tax returns ahead of the primary on May 21.

Beshear is the second Democrat to file for the race, joining former state employee Geoff Young. Two other Democrats say they are running: state House Minority Leader Rocky Adkins and former Auditor Adam Edelen.

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During the upcoming Kentucky General Assembly, lawmakers will consider taking up a variety of proposals like a new attempt to change state worker pension benefits, funding for charter schools and limiting citizens’ right to sue other individuals and businesses.

Republicans have supermajorities in both chambers of the legislature and the governor’s office for the third year in a row, meaning they won’t need any help from Democrats to pass bills or constitutional amendments if they can stay united.

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A new state lawmaker from eastern Kentucky has become the first Republican to formally launch a campaign for governor as speculation continues over whether Gov. Matt Bevin will run for re-election.

In an announcement Tuesday morning, Rep. Robert Goforth of East Bernstadt criticized Bevin’s character and stance on issues.

“I’m not a New England transplant using the people of Kentucky to feed my ego or audition for a job in Washington D.C.,” Goforth said. “Rather, I empathize with millions of my fellow Kentuckians. I understand and I respect you because I am you.”

Kentucky House Leader Files to Raise Money for Governor

Nov 12, 2018
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The minority floor leader of the Kentucky House of Representatives has filed paperwork to raise money for a campaign for governor, setting up a potentially spirited Democratic primary in 2019 to challenge Republican incumbent Matt Bevin.

State Rep. Rocky Adkins and running mate Stephanie Horne are listed on the website of the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance for the May 21, 2019, primary. Adkins is scheduled to make a "special announcement" Wednesday in Morehead, Kentucky. Adkins declined to comment Monday through a spokeswoman.

Bevin Says He's Running for Second Term as Governor in 2019

Aug 27, 2018
J. Tyler Franklin

Kentucky Republican Gov. Matt Bevin says he will run for re-election in 2019, ending months of speculation as he has faced growing protests from public workers and teachers about his rhetoric and policies.

Bevin announced his campaign Saturday in a speech to the Republican Party of Kentucky's annual Lincoln Day Dinner in Lexington with characteristic bravado, saying simply: "You bet I'm running again."

"The reality is there is a lot of work yet to do. And to not continue keeping the foot on the gas would be, frankly, the wrong thing for the state, it would be the wrong thing for all those who had worked so hard, the wrong thing for our existing legislature," Bevin told reporters after his speech.