Conway First Democrat To Enter 2015 Governor's Race

May 6, 2014

Democratic Attorney General Jack Conway says he is running for governor in 2015.

Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway has officially entered the 2015 governor's race.
Credit Ky Office of Attorney General

Conway made the announcement Tuesday morning in an online video. He is the first Democrat to announce his candidacy for the 2015 election to succeed the term-limited Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear. Republican Hal Heiner announced his candidacy in March.

Pegged as a Democratic rising star more than a decade ago, Conway has had mixed results as a candidate. He has been elected Attorney General twice. But he lost a grueling U.S. Senate election to Republican Rand Paul in 2010.

Conway has often walked the fine party line of Kentucky Democrats. He has sued the Obama administration to stop federal regulators from imposing cap-and-trade standards through regulation. And he declined to defend the state's gay marriage ban.