ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. (WDRB) -- Lt. Governor and former Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson says he is not running for governor.
Abramson says he simply does not have the passion to run for governor. Instead he plans to focus on the issue he is passionate about: education.
Abramson made the announcement during a Rotary Club in Elizabethtown.
"I am not going to run for governor in 2015," Abramson said. "And it's not snap decision, folks. It's one that I have talked with my wife and our family and our friends around the state. But I want to make the decision now, because I know what my passion is," Abramson told the crowd.
That passion, Abramson says, is education. That's where he says he wants to focus the next chapter of his life.
"If you run for governor, then you're involved in this issue and that issue and the eastern issue and the western issue," Abramson said during an interview after his speech. "And all these issues are very important and make a significant difference to people in their lives. Education is where I have my passion. Education is where think I need to be."
Senator Dennis Parrett, D-Elizabethtown, seemed impressed.
"I certainly admire him for that," Parrett said. "He certainly had a great opportunity to run for governor. But I respect his decision."
With Abramson now out of the governor's race. Speculation intensifies as to who might ultimately be in.
On the Democratic side, two of the main presumed contenders were on stage at Fancy Farm -- Attorney General Jack Conway and State Auditor Adam Edelen. Former Auditor Crit Luallen did not attend, as she's recovering from knee surgery,
Among the Republicans, Ag Commission James Comer, along with former Louisville Metro Councilman Hal Heiner are considering entering the race.
Abramson seemed clear about his focus. "I have no plans to run for public office at this point," he said.
Beyond Abramson's passion for education, he has no specific job plans after his term is over.
"If you're asking me what I'm applying for, check my resume in about two years, I'll be looking for a job," Abramson said. "I will need to work somewhere I suspect. But this is where I want to spend my time."
Abramson also says his decision has nothing to do with the recent announcement that his wife, Madeline, has been diagnosed with breast cancer.
Abramson says she has undergone treatment and is in great shape.
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