Political parties prep for Nov. election; Bevin vs. Beshear


LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Many believe the race for the Governor’s mansion between Governor Matt Bevin and Attorney General Andy Beshear will catch national attention.

Local political parties are hitting the ground running to help their candidate win.

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In Kentucky’s history, the people have voted Democrats and Republicans into office.

After Democrat, Steve Beshear held the Governor’s mansion for eight years, voters of the Commonwealth elected Republican, Matt Bevin to the state’s highest office.

Local Republicans think they’ll keep him in that position by reminding people of the accomplishments they believe their party made.

“We have a record economy in the state of Kentucky in the history, record low unemployment in the history of Kentucky, we’ve got retirement funds for the state workers and teachers,” said Fran Anderson, Fayette County Republican Party Chairman.

Local Democrats believe they have a good opportunity to win the Governor’s race with Andy Beshear.

The vice chair of the Jessamine County Democrats says their party is fighting for rural voters and the working class.

Beshear won many western Kentucky districts in the primary, but Democrats believe Beshear will impress voters all over the state in the coming months.

“We’re the party that’s not just talking about the working class or the working families, we’re the party that’s actually doing it and Attorney General Beshear has been doing that all along. He’s been really standing up for teachers and working class families,” said Greg Welch, Jessamine County Democrats Vice Chair.

The chairman for the Fayette County Republican Party says he thinks Bevin will be able to win over western Kentucky voters, but is even more confident about voters in northern Kentucky.

The Democrats and Republicans are getting to work with fundraising and will start campaigning this summer.

Both parties believe a key to success will be having their individual parties united.

Both candidates have said the choice is clear and it’s up to the voters to determine which man should lead the state.