Attorney General Andy Beshear announces run for governor

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Attorney General Andy Beshear will run for governor.

Beshear made the announcement Monday at the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage, located at 1701 West Muhammad Ali Boulevard in Louisville.

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Beshear claims one of his main motivations in running is to bring transparency and decency back to the governor's office.

Especially when it comes to public education and teacher's pensions, his biggest platform.

"We will increase its funding so every public school and every public university can offer a real opportunity for every single Kentucky child and bring our teachers back to the table," Beshear said.

Something that would be expected as a priority with his running mate Jacqueline Coleman who is a teacher and basketball coach.

"Our local community our Commonwealth and the future of Kentucky depends on it," Coleman said. "After all, teachers are the original job creators."

Among the other issues, Beshear and Coleman touched on were higher paying job creation and the issue with Medicaid in the state.

"The waiver requirement created by the Governor is intended to kick people off Medicaid, because they can't keep up with the paperwork," Beshear said.

Republican Party of Kentucky Communications Director, Tres Watson, released the following statement in response:

"I'm glad Andy Beshear has announced his candidacy so early.  It will allow us to remind Kentuckians voting both this fall and next of the sort of corrupt, pay-to-play, scandal ridden government they can expect if Democrats are returned to power in Frankfort."

Gov. Matt Bevin tweeted following Beshear's announcement:

Beshear is also planning additional stops in Kentucky Monday and Tuesday:

Monday
11:15 a.m. Eastern time
Dudley's on Short
259 W. Short St., Lexington, Ky.

3 p.m. Eastern time
Pike County Central High School
100 Winners Circle Dr., Pikeville, Ky.

6 p.m. Eastern time
Highlands Museum & Discovery Center
1620 Winchester Ave., Ashland, Ky.

Tuesday:

9:30 a.m. Central time
Wendell H. Ford Government Education Center at the Owensboro Museum of Science and History
122 East 2nd St., Owensboro, Ky.

12:30 p.m. Central time
Paducah Tilghman High School
2400 Washington St., Paducah, Ky.

4 p.m. Central time
Western Kentucky University, Cherry Hall
1906 College Heights Blvd., Bowling Green, Ky.

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