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Edelen has running mate, not ready to announce run for governor

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Kentucky State Auditor Adam Edelen Kentucky State Auditor Adam Edelen
Gov. Steve Beshear Gov. Steve Beshear
Attorney General Jack Conway Attorney General Jack Conway

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Fresh off a controversial investigation of Jefferson County Public Schools, Kentucky State Auditor Adam Edelen has chosen a running mate and is close to deciding whether to run for governor.

Edelen, a Democrat, said an announcement will come in one or two weeks.

"We've done all the things we need to do to qualify as a candidate and run a very aggressive, credible campaign," Edelen said. "Now's the time for the important family considerations about what we have to sacrifice in order to successfully run that campaign."

Edelen declined to name his chosen running mate. If he runs, he would face Attorney General Jack Conway, who has already announced his bid.

Gov. Steve Beshear, a Democrat, said he was encouraging several Democrats to get into the race. Beshear said a contentious primary, something Republicans were concerned about in this year's U.S. Senate race, won't hurt Democrats' chances in 2015.

"It gets the interest up, it gets the blood pumping and they get really involved in the campaigns," Beshear said. "Over the summer, we pull together because everyone understands that we need to pull together for the fall. I think it'll help us."

Beshear won a seven-way Democratic primary on his way to winning the governor's race in 2007, and called Edelen and Conway "very good candidates." Beshear is prohibited by state law from running for a third term.

Conway is running with state Rep. Sannie Overly (D-Paris) who leads the House Democratic Caucus. The pair announced their bid in early May.

On the Republican side, Louisville businessman and former Metro councilman Hal Heiner is running with former Lexington councilwoman KC Crosbie. Robert Rosier of Elizabethtown has also said he intends to run. State Agriculture Commissioner James Comer has said he plans to make a decision later this year on whether to enter the race.

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