Andy Beshear speaking (photo by Berry Craig)

Attorney General Andy Beshear is expected to announce he is running for Kentucky governor in a multi-stop tour of the state on Monday and Tuesday of this week. Jacqueline Coleman, founder of Lead Kentucky and assistant principal at Nelson County High School, will be his running mate.

Beshear sent out a press release saying that the announcement tour would be about the “future of Kentucky.” It had been widely speculated that he was considering a run for the Governor’s seat in the 2019 elections, and examination of the web site shows it is ready for the race, including a photo showing Beshear and Coleman together.

Other candidates “considering” and rumored

Over the past few weeks, state Representative Attica Scott has repeatedly said she is “considering” a run for governor. Scott, a first-term member of the Kentucky House who previously served on Louisville’s Metro Council, says she is listening to voters across the state as they ask her to run.

Rocky Adkins, the Democratic leader in the House, is another possible candidate for governor. A source told Forward Kentucky that he will make an announcement right before Fancy Farm, the “political picnic” in early August that marks the unofficial start of campaign season. According to that source, Rep. Adkins is considering a Louisville school board member as his running mate.

Other names being floated are Adam Edelen, former state auditor, and Alison Grimes, current secretary of state. Grimes is term-limited in her current role, so cannot run for SOS again. Neither of these have formal announcements planned or rumored, as far as we know.


  • I would prefer Beshear do another round as Attorney General. He has served well in this role and has often been the only effective check on Governor Bevin.

    • I agree. I think he would be re-elected with a solid majority, and has played a key role in keeping the Bevin/GOP playbook from being completely implemented.

      I think he, and others, see 2019 as being a Democratic wave year, so they want to get in while they can. But I still agree with you — he should run for AG again.