By Jacqueline Pitts, The Bottom Line
FRANKFORT, Ky. — Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin officially filed his paperwork Friday afternoon to run for re-election with state Sen. Ralph Alvarado as his running mate.
Bevin said in August he intended to run for re-election and has publicly stated in recent months that he would file the paperwork for the election before the Jan. 29 deadline. In an exclusive interview with The Bottom Line in December, Bevin said he had not yet decided on his running mate for the 2019 election and indicated he would officially jump in the race once that decision was made.
Sen. Alvarado, a doctor from Winchester, was elected to the General Assembly in 2014.
Alvarado said he is “honored and humbled” to be asked to serve as Lt. Governor by Bevin and continue to improve upon pro-growth policies passed in recent years.
Bevin said he discussed his decision with current Lt. Gov. Jeneane Hampton and spoke with many potential running mates before choosing Alvarado. He touted Alvarado’s strong legislative record and personal knowledge and background in explaining why he tapped the state Senator to run with him.
Bevin faces primary challenges with state Rep. Robert Goforth and another GOP candidate, William Woods, getting into the race.
The Democrats are also set to see a crowded primary as Attorney General Andy Beshear, House Minority Leader Rocky Adkins and former state auditor Adam Edelen have all officially entered the race.
Check back on The Bottom Line next week for a full list of candidates running for each statewide office after the filing deadline closes on Tuesday.