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Sources: No gubernatorial run for Edelen; will seek reelection as auditor

by Joe Arnold


Posted on June 17, 2014 at 8:46 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jun 17 at 10:19 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Auditor Adam Edelen (D-Kentucky)  has decided not to run for Kentucky governor in 2015, sources familiar with Edelen's plans tell WHAS11 News.

Edelen informed top supporters and key Democratic Party figures including Governor Steve Beshear on Tuesday that he instead plans to run for a second term as Kentucky's Auditor, WHAS11 News has learned.

Edelen had been considering a gubernatorial run for months and last week told WHAS11 that he had decided on a running mate in the event he decided in favor of a 2015 bid.

Yet the first term auditor also said that he was concerned about the toll a gubernatorial campaign would take on his family.  Edelen is married and is the father of eight-year-old twin sons.

"I'm passionate about an opportunity to do the things that a governor can do," Edelen told WHAS11 on Wednesday.  "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."

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.

Other Democrats believed to be potential candidates include former Lt. Gov. Daniel Mongiardo, House Speaker Greg Stumbo and former Congressman Ben Chandler.

On Saturday's The Powers That Be on WHAS11 News, Democratic strategist Sherman Brown called Conway a "fundraising giant" who starts the 2015 primary race with an intimidating edge in name recognition.

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.