2015 gubernatorial race

2:11 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Governor, Others Must Drive to Farthest East, West Points in Kentucky, Legislator Proposes

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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.

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.

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7:12 am
Sun August 18, 2013

Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson: 'Never Say Never' to Future Campaigns

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Jerry Abramson has announced that he won't run for Kentucky governor in 2015, but he says he isn't necessarily done with electoral politics.

“You never know what kind of situation might change, what kind of situations might be different in the future than they are today," says Abramson, the lieutenant governor and former Louisville mayor.

"You never say never.”

Abramson didn't identify any particular office he's eyeing.

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6:00 am
Sun August 11, 2013

Louisvillians Haven't Had Much Luck Running for Kentucky Governor

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Former Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson announced Tuesday that he won't run for governor in 2015. Instead, he wants to focus on education issues.

Abramson, Kentucky's lieutenant governor since 2011, very well could've ended up succeeding Gov. Steve Beshear, his longtime ally, political observers say.

But he would've have to overcome an obstacle: His Louisville roots.

A Louisvillian hasn't been elected Kentucky's governor since 1951—and even that has a caveat.

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12:57 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Jerry Abramson Won't Run for Kentucky Governor

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Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson won't run for governor in 2015.

Abramson, 66, announced the decision Tuesday in Elizabethtown. Earlier this summer, he told Kentucky Public Radio that he was considering a run and may decide around Fancy Farm, which was this past Saturday.

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1:00 am
Mon August 5, 2013

What Hal Heiner Said About a Possible Run for Kentucky Governor

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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 an advocate for charter schools. 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.

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3:53 pm
Sat December 1, 2012

Daniel Mongiardo Mulling 2015 Gubernatorial Bid

Former Kentucky Lt. Governor Daniel Mongiardo
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Former Kentucky Lt. Governor Daniel Mongiardo is considering a run for governor in 2015.

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.

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.

But as the Lexington Herald-Leader's Jack Brammer reports, Mongiardo is searching for a entry point back into Frankfort politics.

From The Herald-Leader:

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."

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10:21 am
Tue October 9, 2012

Former U.S. 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. Mitch McConnell's re-election first.

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10:29 am
Wed August 8, 2012

Conway "Might" Run for Governor

In an interview with Pure Politics, Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway says he "might" run for governor in 2015.

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—at least on the record—for now.

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9:01 am
Mon August 6, 2012

Chandler's Presence in Fancy Farm Audience Draws Questions About His Future Plans

While the biggest ticket at every Fancy Farm political picnic is the speaking, the after the picnic chatter revolves around whoever was working the crowd.

One surprise this year was Congressman Ben Chandler, who’s locked into another re-election fight in his Central Kentucky district, miles away from Fancy Farm.

Kentucky Public Radio caught up with Chandler at the grounds, where he said he was just visiting with friends for the weekend.

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