Secretary of State Adams, Auditor Harmon, Treasurer Ball, Commissioner of Agriculture Quarles, and Attorney General Cameron pictured on the day of their swearing in.  Copyright All rights reserved by KY Department of Agriculture

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WDRB) -- The new year has brought new faces to Kentucky’s Capitol.

The state’s constitutional officers took the oath of office during an inaugural ceremony Monday.  

There are two new faces, Attorney General Daniel Cameron and Secretary of State Mike Adams. Three others, Auditor Mike Harmon, Treasurer Allison Ball, and Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles, were all sworn in to second terms.

Cameron acknowledged his status as the first African American elected on his own to statewide office in Kentucky, but he told WDRB News in an interview that he is not dwelling on that.

“I'm not in this job for any particular status or designation," he said. "I'm in it because I thought, with a strong team around me, that we could have a meaningful impact on the public safety challenges that we have here in Kentucky."

This was the second public swearing-in for Cameron, who served out the nearly three weeks that remained in the term of now Gov. Andy Beshear.

Adams replaces high-profile Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes, who held the office for eight years.

“It's good to have experience in office, but it's also good to have change," Adams said. "I ran on change, and I'm going to deliver that."

The swearing-in of Adams and Cameron means five of the six statewide elected officials are now Republicans.

Beshear, the only Democrat, promised to work across party lines.

“Kentuckians made it clear that they are tired of the bitterness, the divisiveness that we have seen here in Frankfort," Beshear said. "They want us to work together to move this state forward, and I agree."

Republicans also promised cooperation, including Quarles, who is already being mentioned as a possible challenger to Beshear in four years.

“I wish Gov. Beshear the best. The better off he does, the better off the commonwealth does,” Quarles said. “I'm focused on being the best commissioner of agriculture I can be right now. But I'll be praying about where God leads me in the future.”

The promise of unity gets tested starting Tuesday, when the 2020 session of the General Assembly begins with competing demands on a very tight state budget.

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