Alison Lundergan Grimes not running for Kentucky governor in 2019

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes being interviewed for WKYT's "Kentucky...
Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes being interviewed for WKYT's "Kentucky Newsmakers"(WKYT)
Published: Jan. 21, 2019 at 10:49 AM EST
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Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes has announced she will not seek the Democratic nomination for governor in 2019.

Grimes said she was considering a gubernatorial run for many months, but she decided against it, citing family reasons, as she recently gave birth to a son.

"While I am grateful for the confidence, support and friendship from thousands of supporters across this state, I have decided not to run another statewide campaign this year," Grimes said. "I want to focus on Ford, the miracle baby boy Andrew and I prayed so hard for, complete the historic and momentous work we began nearly eight years ago in the office of the Secretary of State, and help elect a new era of leadership locally and nationally."

Grimes has discussed her difficulties having a child in the past. She gave birth in late December.

The term-limited Secretary of State would have entered a crowded primary field, as Attorney General Andy Beshear, former State Auditor Adam Edelen and House Minority Leader Rocky Adkins have already announced campaigns.

Grimes said she will not seek any other statewide office in 2019, but she looks forward to returning to public service in the future.