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Stumbo says he’ll run for attorney general

December 30, 2018

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A former Kentucky lawmaker and state attorney general says he’ll run again next year to serve as the state’s top elected law enforcement official.

Greg Stumbo told WKYT-TV on Saturday that he will run for attorney general. He is the first Democrat to announce for the office.

Stumbo served as attorney general in Kentucky from 2004-2008. He is also a longtime state representative from Prestonsburg and served as House Speaker for nine years. He lost a bid for re-election in 2016 and currently works as an attorney in eastern Kentucky.

Stumbo said his decision to run came after current Attorney General Andy Beshear announced he would run for governor.

He says his main reason for running is to help fight the opioid epidemic.

“I’ve got a passion about solving that problem,” Stumbo said. “I’ve been lucky to be part of a law firm that won a competitive bid with other law firms across the nation to bring some of these manufacturers and distributors to justice in a court of law. We filed cases on behalf of Attorney General Beshear. I want to see those cases prosecuted. I want to see those people who brought this plague upon Kentucky’s families, I want to see them brought to justice.”

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Information from: WKYT-TV, http://www.wkyt.com

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