Gov. Matt Bevin announces he is running for re-election

Published: Aug. 25, 2018 at 8:56 PM EDT
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Gov. Matt Bevin has announced he is running for re-election in 2019.

Bevin made the announcement Saturday night at the annual Republican Party of Kentucky Lincoln Dinner.

"There is much work yet to be done," Bevin told the crowd. "I want to, in all seriousness, clean up one thing. You bet I'm running again."

The announcement got heavy applause from the audience of political leaders, donors and others.

"The work that is being done right now in our House, and the work that is being done in our Senate is just getting warmed up," Bevin went on to say. "Buckle up, because the next five years are going to be something to watch."

Democrat Attorney General Andy Beshear

last month.

On Sunday, Beshear responded to Bevin's announcement saying, ""For the sake of public education, our teachers and public servants, and our basic values of caring and decency, we must win this election! Kentucky deserves much better."

However, Bevin thinks Kentucky deserves more time with him at the helm. During Saturday's announcement, the governor said, "We're not even close to fixing the pension problem in Kentucky. We're not. We haven't even begun to truly modernize in its finality, our tax code. There is so much more regulation that needs to be cut."

Governor Bevin has not yet filed any official paperwork to run for re-election. It is also still unclear who will serve as his running mate.