Jack Conway announces candidacy for governor

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKYT) - Democratic Attorney General Jack Conway says he is running for governor in 2015.

Conway made the announcement Tuesday morning in an online video. He is the first Democrat to announce his candidacy for the 2015 election to succeed the term-limited Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear.

Pegged as a Democratic rising star more than a decade ago, Conway has had mixed results as a candidate. He has been elected Attorney General twice. But he lost a grueling U.S. Senate election to Republican Rand Paul in 2010.

Conway has often walked the fine party line of Kentucky Democrats. He has sued the Obama administration to stop federal regulators from imposing cap-and-trade standards through regulation. And he declined to defend the state's gay marriage ban.

Conway will run with State Representative Sannie Overly as his Lieutenant Governor.

"I know state government pretty doggone well. I think I'm awfully prepared to do this job. At the end of ticking of all that we've done in the Office of the Attorney General and all that we've done to make it a safer place to live, work, and raise a family, I think what it does is it points out a record of experience that shows that I'm ready to be governor," Conway said Tuesday.

Republican Hal Heiner announced his candidacy last month.

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