Conway: 'Good chance' he'll run for Ky. gov. in 2015

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Apr 30, 2013

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Legal Newsline) -- Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway is closer to confirming a run for governor in 2015.

Last week, he told The Courier-Journal's editorial board that "there's a good chance" he will run for the office, adding he won't "defer to anybody" when making his final decision.

"I think I have enough statewide experience that I could go and talk about state issues, issues that are concerns all across the state as well as look out for Louisville's interests," Conway told the newspaper's board Wednesday.

Conway, a Democrat, has expressed his interest in running for governor before.

In January, he told The Associated Press he was taking a "very serious" look at running.

Gov. Steve Beshear, a Democrat, cannot seek re-election because of state term limits.

Conway was re-elected to a second term as attorney general in 2011 with more than 55 percent of the vote, defeating challenger Todd P'Pool.

He is ineligible to run for a third term as the state's top lawyer in 2015 due to term limits.

Conway previously ran for the state's U.S. Senate seat, which was held by Republican Sen. Jim Bunning, in 2010. Bunning retired the seat.

Republican Rand Paul defeated Conway, but the race for Bunning's seat was a bitter one.

Paul, the son of famously libertarian U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, attacked Conway for an ad criticizing his alleged college antics and questioning his religious faith.

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