Field for Kentucky governor’s race getting a bit more crowded

Field for Kentucky governor’s race getting a bit more crowded
The capitol in Frankfort, Kentucky.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - With three weeks to go before the deadline, Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin has not officially filed for re-election.

But there are plenty of people who want to take his job. So far, all the candidates are Democrats.

Kentucky’s former state auditor, Adam Edelen, declared his candidacy for governor to a packed room in Louisville on Monday night.

Edelen lost his re-election for state auditor in 2015 and has worked in the public sector since. His speech touched on fixing the state’s education system and health care. He also said he would push Kentucky forward with new revenue streams.

He said climate change is real and he has plans to create jobs by investing in renewable energy sources.

Edelen's running mate is Gill Holland and both say they are a new direction for Kentucky Democrats.

“I'm not a product of a political family or wealthy family,” Edelen said. “I am self-made and I've worked hard to get to where I am. I do not enjoy the institutional advantages of those with more famous last names.”

A Republican is yet to announce their candidacy.

On Facebook, State Rep. Robert Goforth (R-District 89), said he’ll make a “major” announcement on Tuesday.

Goforth prefiled a bill for this year’s session that would ban abortion in the Commonwealth once a heartbeat is detected.

He voted against last year’s pension overhaul bill.

The other candidates who have filed -- all Democrats -- include Attorney General Andy Beshear, House Minority Floor Leader Rocky Adkins and Geoff Young, a former state employee who has run for governor before.

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