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Democratic fundraiser hosts major state candidates

By Zac Oakes

 

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Political season was brought into full swing Monday night with a dinner hosted by the Taylor County Democratic Women headlined by Kentucky Attorney General and governor candidate Andy Beshear and House Democrat Leader Rocky Adkins, who told the Central Kentucky News-Journal that he is “strongly considering” a run for governor in 2019.

The event served as a fundraiser for the local Democratic Party, with several items auctioned off through the night and tickets being sold for the dinner.

Beshear led off the event and spoke about his time in the Attorney General’s office, a post he was elected to in 2015.

Beshear spoke about his office’s work in fighting Kentucky’s opioid epidemic, suing major pharmaceutical companies for allegedly flooding Kentucky communities with opioids at an alarmingly high rate.

He also addressed the state’s rape kit backlog, noting that every kit has been sent off for testing.

Other issues Beshear addressed included cold cases and senior citizen scams.

“We have attacked serious problems, and had real results,” Beshear said of his time in the Attorney General’s office.

Taylor County isn’t exactly a Democratic county—Republican Gov. Matt Bevin received nearly two-thirds of the votes here in 2015—but Beshear said it was important to reach as many voters as possible.

 “In an election for governor, every vote matters,” Beshear told the CKNJ. “It doesn’t matter where you live. Part of what we have pledged is that our administration will be one that listens and we will bring people together… We have 200 people that came to this event tonight that want to see change and a government that works for them.”

Beshear briefly laid out some of his campaign’s agenda items if he is elected to office. Among them include revamping the ethics code starting in the governor’s office, pledging to release his tax returns for every year he’s served in public office, and pushing for legislative term limits.

The final speaker of the night was Adkins, who has been traveling the state campaigning for Democrat candidates for the Kentucky legislature. During that time, Adkins said he has received encouragement across the state to run for governor in 2019, but he said he is still strongly considering it and hasn’t made a decision yet.

Adkins implored the crowd of about 180 people to go to the polls in November and next year, and said it was important for people to become involved and help those candidates in any way they can.

Other speakers at the event included Terry Mills, who is running for the Kentucky House of Representatives in District 24, consisting of Green, LaRue, and Marion counties; write-in candidate Richard Steele, running for the House seat in District 51 currently occupied by Rep. John “Bam” Carney, consisting of Taylor and Adair counties; and Paul Walker, the Democrat challenger to incumbent U.S. Representative James Comer for Kentucky’s First Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.

The November general election is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 6.