Get to know the gubernatorial candidates

Jayvon Rankin

This November Kentucky will have a gubernatorial election. This is one of three Governors elections this year in the United States. 

The Candidates

On May 21st, 2019 the Democrats and Republicans had their primaries. On the Democratic side, the voters selected Andy Beshear, Attorney General and son of former Governor Steve Beshear as their candidate. He was contested in a three-way race with Rocky Adkins and Adam Edelen.

 The Republican voters selected incumbent Governor Matt Bevin as their candidate. There is also a Libertarian candidate running for governor, John Hicks.

Get to Know The Candidates

Matt Bevin has been governor since 2015 and will be looking for a second term this year.

Bevin, a Republican, supports: cutting taxes, shrinking the size of government, right-to-work reforms and the implementation of charter schools among other policies.

On the other hand, Andy Beshear leans more towards liberal policies.

Beshear supports: Strengthening public education, bringing in good-paying jobs, reforming pensions and reforming the criminal justice system among other policies.


Beshear and Bevin have been at odds in the past.

Beshear filed a lawsuit in 2016 over Governor Bevins’s 18 million dollar cut to Kentucky universities, as well as one over Bevin’s pension reform bill. Beshear won both.

Currently, Lieutenant Governor Jenean Michelle Hampton is suing Bevin over the dismissal of two staffers.

Other Info

The last day to register to vote is October 7th.

The general election will be November 5th and polls will open at 6 a.m. and close at 6 p.m. Those in line by 6 p.m. are still eligible to vote.

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