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The Latest: Stumbo files for attorney general in Kentucky

The Latest: Stumbo files for attorney general in Kentucky

Bill Stephens

January 25th, 2019

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Latest on Kentucky 2019 election filings (all times local):
1:30 p.m.
A former Kentucky attorney general wants his old job back.
Democrat Greg Stumbo filed to run for attorney general in 2019. A veteran of the Kentucky House of Representatives, Stumbo was attorney general from 2004 to 2008. He was Kentucky’s House speaker until 2016, when he lost his re-election bid.
Stumbo is the first Democrat to file for the office. The current attorney general, Andy Beshear, is also a Democrat. But instead of seeking re-election, Beshear is running for governor.
Stumbo said combating the state’s drug epidemic would be his priority if elected. He filed a lawsuit against OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma in 2007. That case settled for $24 million in 2015 after Stumbo left office.
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11:25 a.m.
A Republican state senator in Kentucky has filed to run for attorney general a few hours after his colleague withdrew.
Wil Schroder filed for the office on Friday just a few hours after fellow state Sen. Whitney Westerfield got out of the race.
Schroder will face Daniel Cameron in the Republican primary. Cameron was U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell’s lawyer for two years in Washington.
Schroder has been in the state Senate since 2014. Before that, he was a prosecutor in Campbell County.
Cameron has no prosecutorial experience. Schroder told reporters Friday he got into the race because he believes “this job is too important for on-the-job training.”
Cameron said earlier this week he believes he has the leadership skills to run the office and confront Kentucky’s drug epidemic.
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10:55 a.m.
A former Miss America and commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs has filed to run for secretary of state.
Heather French Henry filed to run for the office as a Democrat on Friday. Henry said her experience running the Department of Veterans Affairs, with its 900 employees and $100 million budget, has given her the experience she needs to run the secretary of state’s office.
Current Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes cannot seek re-election because of term limits. Grimes announced Monday she would not be running for governor in 2019.
Henry was veterans affairs commissioner under former Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear. She was deputy commissioner under Republican Gov. Matt Bevin but resigned on Friday to run for office.
Henry was crowned Miss America in 2000.

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