Beshear Ready For Change

By: Marie Luby Email
By: Marie Luby Email

Working together and changing Kentucky, they're both things we've heard before but that's what Steve Beshear says he'll do as governor of Kentucky.

Beshear and his running mate, Hazard native Daniel Mongiardo, say they are proud of their big win, especially in Eastern Kentucky counties.

"I'm very happy that we won Leslie County. That is really exciting for me because I've worked so hard there," Mongiardo said.

Election night celebrations are over, and now Governor-Elect Steve Beshear says it's time to get down to business.

"We have about five weeks to put a government together," Beshear said. "We're gonna get the very best folks we can regardless of political affiliation".

He says voters sent him two major messages, to keep partisanship out of decision making and to let Kentuckians decide whether to allow casino gambling.

"One of the issues I'm obviously very interested in is getting the constitutional amendment on the ballot on expanded gaming in this state and I'm going to start those conversations," Beshear said.

He says he wants Daniel Mongiardo to work on a number of issues, including health care and adventure tourism.

"Daniel is valuable in many different areas and it may well limit his effectiveness to put him in charge of just one area as a cabinet secretary," Beshear said.

But Mongiardo says he also plans to continue his specialized medical practice in Hazard.

"I don't want to abandon patients that don't have another source of that type of specialty," Mongiardo said.

Starting Thursday, Beshear says he will announce the names of who is going to fill some top positions in his administration. Those announcements should continue over the next few weeks.

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