In a move that surprised absolutely no one, Attorney General Daniel Cameron has filed a “statement of spending intent” with the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance to run for governor in 2023.
He joins state auditor Mike Harmon and Ag commissioner Ryan Quarles as the three formally declared candidates in the race. By filing his statement of intent, Cameron can now begin raising money for his campaign.
In addition to the three main candidates listed above, five other Republicans have filed with KREF, with Eric Deters having raised over $35,000. And, there are rumors of even more Republicans getting ready to jump into the race:
- Former United Nations Ambassador Kelly Craft
- State Rep. Savannah Maddox
- State Sen. Max Wise
- State Sen. Ralph Alvarado
- Former Gov. Matt Bevin
So far, Governor Beshear is the only Democrat filed to run for governor in 2023.
KDP responds to Cameron filing
Colmon Elridge, chair of the Kentucky Democratic Party, released this statement in response to Cameron filing to run:
“Andy Beshear is one of the most popular governors in the country because he works for Kentuckians, with strong leadership that is taking Kentucky from difficult years of a pandemic and devastating storms into record-breaking economic development that is creating more opportunities for our families.
“His record is a clear contrast with Daniel Cameron, with Kentuckians less safe from predators under his failed and highly politicized term as AG. With Daniel Cameron's weak record of protecting Kentucky children, seniors, and survivors, and him politicizing his office, Kentucky voters will have a clear choice next November if he emerges from the messy Republican primary."