LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP/WKYT) - Democrat Adam Edelen has ruled out a run for governor, saying he will instead seek another term as Kentucky's auditor in 2015.
Edelen said Wednesday that a gubernatorial bid would have required "difficult sacrifices" for his family. He said he's not willing to make those sacrifices at this time. Edelen said he appreciates the encouragement he received to enter the governor's race.
Edelen was seen as a potential top contender for the Democratic nomination for governor next year.
"I greatly appreciate the expressions of encouragement and support from across the Commonwealth as I explored a race for governor," Edelen said in a statement. "The reality is that campaign would require difficult sacrifices of my family and from my work as Auditor. These are sacrifices I'm unwilling to make at this time."
Next year's gubernatorial race will be wide open. Democrat Steve Beshear is in his second term, his last under term limits.
Democratic Attorney General Jack Conway announced his entry into the 2015 governor's race last month.
On the Republican side, former Louisville Metro Councilman Hal Heiner has already joined the race.