2015 gubernatorial race http://wfpl.org en Adam Edelen Won't Run For Kentucky Governor, But Says Democrats Must Have a 'Reform Element' http://wfpl.org/post/adam-edelen-wont-run-kentucky-governor-says-democrats-must-have-reform-element <p>Kentucky State Auditor Adam Edelen&nbsp;declared Wednesday that he won't run for governor next year.</p><p>Edelen, viewed by many as a potential Democratic candidate, cited family reasons as the basis for his decision.</p><p>“My wife and my sons were all gung-ho for me to run, but at the end of the day I made the determination that I’d rather spend the next year-and-a-half coaching little league and catching crooks and running for re-election than I would worrying about my name ID in a governor’s race," Edelen&nbsp;told Kentucky Public Radio.</p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 11:01:00 +0000 Jonathan Meador 9595 at http://wfpl.org Adam Edelen Won't Run For Kentucky Governor, But Says Democrats Must Have a 'Reform Element' State Auditor Adam Edelen Won't Run for Kentucky Governor http://wfpl.org/post/state-auditor-adam-edelen-wont-run-kentucky-governor <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Kentucky State Auditor Adam </span>Edelen<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> won't be a candidate for governor in 2015.</span></p><p>Political observers considered&nbsp;Edelen&nbsp;a serious contender. He'd made in-roads toward a run for governor, including courting Democratic donors and nailing down a running mate who was never publicly identified.</p><p>Edelen released this statement today announcing his decision:</p><blockquote><p>In 2015, I will be a candidate for re-election as State Auditor.</p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 15:02:27 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 9586 at http://wfpl.org State Auditor Adam Edelen Won't Run for Kentucky Governor Governor, Others Must Drive to Farthest East, West Points in Kentucky, Legislator Proposes http://wfpl.org/post/governor-others-must-drive-farthest-east-west-points-kentucky-legislator-proposes <p>A Kentucky lawmaker has pre-filed a bill that would require many state leaders—including the governor—to visit the state’s most eastern and western counties before taking office.</p><p>State Rep. Kenny Imes, a Murray Republican, has sponsored the bill. It requires policy makers in the executive cabinet and their deputies to drive—not fly—to Fulton and Pike Counties at least six months before they take office. It does not reimburse their travel costs.</p> Wed, 18 Dec 2013 19:11:44 +0000 Jonathan Meador 7942 at http://wfpl.org Governor, Others Must Drive to Farthest East, West Points in Kentucky, Legislator Proposes Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson: 'Never Say Never' to Future Campaigns http://wfpl.org/post/lt-gov-jerry-abramson-never-say-never-future-campaigns <p>Jerry Abramson has announced that <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/jerry-abramson-wont-run-kentucky-governor">he won't run for Kentucky governor</a>&nbsp;in 2015, but he says he isn't necessarily done with electoral politics.</p><p>“You never know what kind of situation might change, what kind of situations might be different in the future than they are today," says&nbsp;Abramson, the lieutenant governor and former Louisville mayor.</p><p>"You never say never.”</p><p>Abramson didn't identify any particular office he's eyeing.</p> Sun, 18 Aug 2013 11:12:51 +0000 Gabe Bullard 6503 at http://wfpl.org Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson: 'Never Say Never' to Future Campaigns Louisvillians Haven't Had Much Luck Running for Kentucky Governor http://wfpl.org/post/louisvillians-havent-had-much-luck-running-kentucky-governor <p>Former Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson <a href="/post/jerry-abramson-wont-run-kentucky-governor">announced Tuesday that he won't run for governor in 2015. </a>Instead, he wants to focus on education issues.</p><p>Abramson, Kentucky's lieutenant governor since 2011, very well could've ended up succeeding Gov. Steve Beshear, his longtime ally, political observers say.</p><p>But he would've have to overcome an obstacle: His Louisville roots.</p><p>A Louisvillian hasn't been elected Kentucky's governor since 1951—and even that has a caveat.</p> Sun, 11 Aug 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Joseph Lord 6377 at http://wfpl.org Louisvillians Haven't Had Much Luck Running for Kentucky Governor Jerry Abramson Won't Run for Kentucky Governor http://wfpl.org/post/jerry-abramson-wont-run-kentucky-governor <p>Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson won't run for governor in 2015.</p> Tue, 06 Aug 2013 16:57:12 +0000 Staff 6370 at http://wfpl.org Jerry Abramson Won't Run for Kentucky Governor What Hal Heiner Said About a Possible Run for Kentucky Governor http://wfpl.org/post/what-hal-heiner-said-about-possible-run-kentucky-governor <p>Hal Heiner lost a close election in 2010 for Louisville mayor. He hasn't sought political office since then, and his most prominent public role has been as <a href="http://archives.wfpl.org/2012/01/03/heiner-returns-as-education-advocate/">an advocate for charter schools.</a>&nbsp;During Saturday's Republican breakfast before the Fancy Farm Picnic, Heiner acknowledged that he may try another election—this time, the 2015 race for Kentucky.</p> Mon, 05 Aug 2013 05:00:00 +0000 Jonathan Meador 6351 at http://wfpl.org What Hal Heiner Said About a Possible Run for Kentucky Governor Daniel Mongiardo Mulling 2015 Gubernatorial Bid http://wfpl.org/post/daniel-mongiardo-mulling-2015-gubernatorial-bid <p>Former Kentucky Lt. Governor Daniel Mongiardo is considering a run for governor in 2015.</p><p>Mongiardo is among several Democrats—including current Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson, Attorney Jack Conway and former State Auditor Crit Luallen—who are rumored to be running in three years.</p><p>The Hazard, Ky. physician exited public life two years after two failed bids for the U.S. Senate and being dropped by Governor Steve Beshear as his running mate for re-election.</p><p>But as the <em>Lexington Herald-Leader</em>'s Jack Brammer reports, Mongiardo is searching for a entry point back into Frankfort politics.</p><p>From <a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2012/11/30/2426987/mongiardo-considers-running-for.html"><em>The Herald-Leader</em></a>:</p><blockquote><p>Mongiardo said Friday he is enjoying his life as an ear, nose and throat surgeon in Hazard with his wife and two children. "Stepping out of politics for a while has given me the perspective of what many people not in politics see," he said. "People are frustrated with the lack of progress and compromise in government."</p><p> Sat, 01 Dec 2012 20:53:20 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 2754 at http://wfpl.org Daniel Mongiardo Mulling 2015 Gubernatorial Bid Former U.S. Ambassador Mulls 2015 Gubernatorial Bid http://wfpl.org/post/former-us-ambassador-mulls-2015-gubernatorial-bid Former U.S. Ambassador to Latvia Cathy Bailey is considering a run for Kentucky governor. Bailey has been a chief fundraiser for Kentucky Republicans since leaving her post. She told Pure Politics' Ryan Alessi in an interview that she is flattered that her name is among the rumored candidates, but she wants to get past the presidential race and Sen. Tue, 09 Oct 2012 14:21:46 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 1944 at http://wfpl.org Conway "Might" Run for Governor http://wfpl.org/post/conway-might-run-governor <p>In an interview with Pure Politics, Kentucky Attorney General Jack <a href="http://mycn2.com/politics/looking-to-2015-conway-might-run-for-governor-and-tilley-leaning-toward-attorney-general?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Cn2Politics+%28cn|2+Pure+Politics%29">Conway says he &quot;might&quot; run for governor</a> in 2015.</p><p>Political rumors are swirling and the speculation is that Conway will be a top contender to succeed Gov. Steve Beshear in three years, but the attorney general remains coy&mdash;at least on the record&mdash;for now.</p><p>Watch below:</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/jMYx1UOeQOM" width="480"></iframe></p><p> Wed, 08 Aug 2012 14:29:31 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 1251 at http://wfpl.org