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Decision imminent whether Edelen will run for Ky governor

Decision imminent whether Edelen will run for Ky governor

by Joe Arnold


Posted on June 16, 2014 at 12:07 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Kentucky Auditor Adam Edelen is expected to announce this week whether he will enter the 2015 Democratic primary for governor, after considering the impact of a campaign on his young family.

Asked by WHAS11 last week if his decision was "imminent," Edelen agreed, saying he was "very close to making a decision and we're down to days."

Edelen, 39, disclosed that his running mate selection is set yet declined to name his choice.

"We've done all the things that we need to do to qualify as a candidate to be able to run a very aggressive, credible campaign," Edelen said.

The first term auditor has said for months that his decision on a 2015 race would come only after his office completed its audit of the Jefferson County Public School Central Office, which he described as the largest review in the history of the auditor's office.

The audit's findings were released three weeks ago.

"I'm passionate about an opportunity to do the things that a governor can do," Edelen told WHAS11.  "But you have to weigh that against what the impact means on your family.  And that's the position that I'm in right now."

Edelen is married and has twin eight-year-old sons from a previous marriage.  He cited his sons' ages and his desire to fully participate in their sports and school activities and lives as cause for deliberation.

"Now is the time for the important family considerations about what we have to sacrifice in order to successfully run that campaign," Edelen said.

"You've got to factor in family," said Democratic strategist Sherman Brown, "You've got to factor in the money it will take."

Attorney General Jack Conway is the only Democrat so far to enter the 2015 race, announcing his campaign with Rep. Sannie Overly (D-Paris) in May.

Brown called Conway a "fundraising giant."

"(Conway has) two fundraisers already lined up,"  "co-hosts already out there. That has to weigh in on anybody looking in on this race."

Brown said Conway begins the race with a considerable advantage in name recognition compared to any other potential candidate. 

Also said to be considering the Democratic nomination are former Lt. Gov. Daniel Mongiardo, Speaker Greg Stumbo and former U.S. Rep. Ben Chandler.

"I don't think this is done," Brown said, "but it's kind of one of those things, it's either going to be Jack is kind of on his own or I think you're looking at a five way deal."

Former Louisville Metro Councilman Hal Heiner, a real estate developer, announced his Republican gubernatorial campaign with running mate KC Crosbie in March.  Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer and Louisville philanthropist Cathy Bailey, the former U.S. Ambassador to Latvia,  have also expressed interest in the Republican nomination..