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‘SOTC’: A Look At Democratic Candidate For Governor Adam Edelen

Posted at 8:29 AM, May 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-19 16:13:03-04

(LEX 18)– On “State of the Commonwealth” this week LEX 18 takes a look at each of the candidates before Tuesday’s primary election.

Former State Auditor Adam Edelen said he wants to move Kentucky forward.

“We’ve got to build bridges that bring together people over the false divides of race, gender, and region. And that bridge building has got to occur on Main Street Kentucky where we work, meet, worship, raise our children and recreate,” said Edelen.

Edelen is the son of a farmer from Meade County. He says that if he is elected, at least half of his cabinet would be women.

Part of Edelen’s plan is to increase wages, expand Medicaid, and create renewable energy jobs in Kentucky.

Edelen is in favor of medical marijuana. Edelen said he would oppose a bill banning abortion it the Supreme Court overturned Roe V. Wade.

He said he wants to promote more community-based addiction treatment and expand drug court to battle the state’s opioid epidemic.

“Political appointees went, were wined and dined, by Wall Street, who weren’t looking out for the best interest of pensioners in Kentucky, and the people who pay the freight, the taxpayers. We need to reform the system, and we need to make sure we fund it,” said Edelen of the state pension problem.

Edelen lost his bid for re-election as State Auditor in 2015.

Democratic candidate for governor Adam Edelen, left, and running mate Gill Holland speak with reporters shortly after announcing their campaign for the governor on Monday, Jan. 7, 2019 in Lexington, Kentucky. Edelen is a former state auditor who lost his re-election campaign in 2015. He is joining a crowded Democratic primary for governor, which already includes Attorney General Andy Besehar, House Minority Floor Leader Rocky Adkins and former state worker Geoff Young. (AP Photo/Adam Beam)