(WHAS11) – On Thursday morning, Jan. 3, former Kentucky state auditor Adam Edelen filed paperwork, so he can begin raising money to run for governor.

The Lexington Democrat and Louisville area businessman Gill Holland filed with the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance their intention to run together.

Edelen’s name as a potential candidate for Governor in 2019 has been swirling in political circles since before he lost his re-election bid in 2015 to Republican Auditor Mike Harmon.

In 2016, he partnered with radio talk show host Matt Jones in creating the “New Kentucky Project,” an effort to revitalize the state’s Democratic party.

According to the Kentucky Secretary of State’s office, Edelen and Holland have yet to officially file paperwork to be on the ballot.

Democrat Attorney General Andy Beshear and House Minority Leader Rocky Adkins have announced they will run for their party’s nomination this year.

Republican Governor Matt Bevin has said he will run for re-election.

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