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Potential gubernatorial candidate Rep. Attica Scott announces she does not intend to run

By Tom Latek
Kentucky Today

While one Democratic gubernatorial slate will officially announce on Monday, another potential candidate announced on Saturday that she will not run.

Rep. Attica Scott of Louisville, who recently won re-election to a second term in the House after serving several years on Louisville’s Metro council, made the announcement on her Facebook page.

“Thank you to the 1000s of good people across Kentucky and across our country who have showered me with tremendous support as I have contemplated running for governor,” she said. “It’s not often that a woman who grew up in the projects of Beecher Terrace in Louisville gets the chance to even be considered as a viable candidate for the highest office in the state – whatever viable means”.

Rep. Attica Scott, D-Louisville, said on her Facebook page Saturday that she will not be running for governor. (LRC photo)

She explained her reason for not running. “My daughter, Ashanti, will soon be heading 600+ miles away for college and I am dedicating this time to spend with her. Like many of you, I am also not in a financial position to take the time off from my full-time job in order to run a successful statewide race. Unfortunately, there are still many barriers for working class folks and single moms like me to run for higher office.”

Scott also commented on the difficulty getting bills acted upon in the Republican-controlled General Assembly. “I am going to continue working with my colleagues to get our bills at least heard in committee, particularly in an environment where none of the Black people who are members of the House had any of our bills heard in the 2018 session. I will keep lifting up these issues and refuse to allow us to be treated as invisible by the political establishment.”

The lack of minority candidates for statewide office was also addressed by Scott in her statement.

“Since announcing in 2018 that I was considering a run for Governor, many of you have started asking important questions like why no Black person is running as a Lieutenant Governor candidate or for any of the Constitutional offices that will be on the ballot this year. We have to lift up one another, folks. To that end, I am going to continue traveling across Kentucky building authentic relationships and helping Democratic candidates pursue elected office.”

As for who she’ll back in the Democratic gubernatorial primary, Scott says she is keeping her options open. “I have not endorsed any candidate at this time and will not until someone emerges who has a clear agenda that includes eliminating poverty, promoting racial justice, women’s rights, worker justice, environmental justice, fairness and equity.”

Former State Auditor Adam Edelen and his running mate Gill Holland are scheduled to formally announce their candidacy in Lexington on Monday.

Major Democratic slates include Attorney General Andy Beshear, with running mate and Nelson County High School assistant principal Jacqueline Coleman and House Minority Leader Rocky Adkins of Sandy Hook and outgoing Jefferson County School Board member Stephanie Horne.

Geoffrey Young of Lexington and Joshua French of Elizabethtown have also announced their candidacy, and are the only Democratic slate to file candidacy papers with the Secretary of State’s office, while the others have filed their letters of intent with the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance.

Another Democrat rumored to have an interest in running for governor is Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, who is term-limited for that office.

On the Republican side, Gov. Matt Bevin said he will seek re-election, but has not yet filed with either the Secretary of State or the Registry.

A GOP slate of William Woods and Justin Miller has only filed with the Registry.

The filing deadline at the Secretary of State’s office for the May Primary is Jan. 29.

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