Abramson announces he will not run for governor in 2015


by Claudia Coffey


Posted on August 6, 2013 at 12:20 PM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 7 at 8:37 AM

ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Kentucky will elect a new governor in two years, but we now know who won’t be running for that office. Former Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson announced Tuesday he will not run for governor.

“And that is why I have decided that I am not going to run for governor in 2015," Lt. Governor Jerry Abramson said.

It was a much speculated about announcement. Would he or wouldn't’t he jump into the race for Kentucky governor in 2015. At the Elizabethtown Rotary Club he bowed out. 

"It's not a snap decision folks. It is one that I have talked with my wife and her family and our friends about it all around the state," Abramson said.

Abramson revealed just last week his wife Madeline was diagnosed with breast cancer earlier in 2013. After surgery and radiation treatment in Louisville, her prognosis looks excellent. He said he plans to focus on something else in his future.

“In my next career I want to focus on something that I am passionate about and that focus is on education," Abramson said.

With Abramson out, the jockeying for Governor for 2015 has already begun. At Fancy Farm this weekend, I spoke to Agriculture Commissioner Jamie Comer.

“It is something we are considering. But being the Commissioner of Agriculture is my focus right now," Comer said.

Former auditor Crit Luallen has been mentioned as possible candidate and current auditor Adam Edelen, who also spoke at Fancy Farm this weekend, responded on Tuesday by saying he is busy doing the taxpayers work and intends to have a decision later in 2013.

Jack Conway was candid on Saturday on his intentions to run.

”I think there is a good chance I'll run for governor," attorney general Conway said.

Conway issued this statement following Abramson's announcement:

"I know that whatever path he, Madeline and Sidney choose next - it will be a path dedicated to moving Kentucky forward and improving the lives of its people.   I am grateful for their friendship, and we should all be grateful for their continued service."

When asked if he would completely rule out running for office in the future, Abramson said, "I was not focused on running for any specific elected position in the future but I also said one never says never.”