LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Saying "Kentucky deserves better," Attorney General Andy Beshear announced his campaign for governor Monday at the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage in Louisville. 

Beshear becomes the first Democrat to announce a gubernatorial run against Republican incumbent Matt Bevin.

In his announcement, Beshear said he has "poured his heart and soul" into being Attorney General.

“I have poured my heart and soul into being attorney general because I love Kentucky,” Beshear said. “I was born and raised in this state, graduated from its public schools and my wife Britainy and I chose it as the place we would perform our most important job – raising our children."

He promised to bring Kentuckians together to invest in public education, attract better paying jobs, more aggressively tackle the opioid epidemic and restore government accountability.

Beshear appeared with his running mate, educator Jacqueline Coleman from Harrodsburg in Mercer County. 

Coleman, a teacher and basketball coach, said she is proud to be Beshear's running mate because he stood up for Kentucky's public servants. She called the pending state management of JCPS “a hostile takeover” that is just the beginning.

Beshear says he plans to forge partnerships between Republicans and Democrats, and that the days of bullying and “my way or the highway” are in the past. 

Beshear cited several accomplishments during his term as Attorney General, an office he has held since 2016. 

 His father, Steve Beshear, previously served as Kentucky's governor from 2007 to 2015. 

Beshear said he and Coleman are excited about the opportunity to listen to Kentuckians.

Coleman added that "it is time to have a government that listens to us once again." 

 Copyright 2018 WDRB Media. All rights reserved.