Alison Lundergan Grimes running for re-election as Secretary of State
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Democratic race for the governor's mansion is now much more clear.
Alison Lundergan Grimes announced Monday she will not run for Governor and, instead, filed for re-election as Secretary of State.
Grimes was strongly considering three options: running for Governor, for Attorney General or trying to keep her current job.
“It's with excitement, it's with energy that I tell you today I will be filing paper work for re-election as Kentucky's Secretary of State, Grimes told cheering supporters who had gathered at Lexington's Lyric Theater and Cultural Arts Center.
It's the decision that Democrats have been waiting to hear in the 10 weeks since Grimes lost the U.S. Senate race against Mitch McConnell.
Grimes said she has had no shortage of advice.
“It was about making sure we listened to the hundreds of thousands of volunteers and supporters across the Commonwealth of Kentucky; very opinionated. They all had their thoughts and ideas, and at the end of the day reflecting on what's best, we believe, for the people of this state and continuing to unify my party,” Grimes told reporters.
The crowd for the announcement included two former governors and the Speaker of the House, who applauded Grimes decision.
“She's done a good job as Secretary of State. She has a passion for public service, and wants to continue that work,” said House Speaker Greg Stumbo (D-Prestonsburg.)
“I was with her when she just needed to make up her mind about what she wanted to do, and I think it was very wise on her part,” said former Gov. Martha Layne Collins, a close advisor to Grimes.
Grimes decision leaves Attorney General Jack Conway as the only major Democrat in the race for governor.
It also clears the way for Gov. Steve Beshear's son Andy to win the Democratic nomination for Attorney General.
“I have talked to the Governor and Attorney General Conway, and we are excited about the steps moving forward, and what we believe to be the strongest ticket that Kentucky's ever seen,” said Grimes.
But even as Grimes files for re-election, the speculation begins about her political future.
“It's doing a good job with this office. I'm confident whatever doors are meant to open, will open,” said Grimes.
Time is running out for anyone else considering the governor's race, Democrat or Republican. The filing deadline is Tuesday at 4:00 pm.
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