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The Latest: Bevin picks Alvarado as 2019 running mate

January 25, 2019

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Latest on Kentucky 2019 election filings (all times local):

4:22 p.m.

Republican Gov. Matt Bevin has filed for re-election but this time with a different running mate.

Bevin filed paperwork to run for governor this year with Republican state Sen. Ralph Alvarado. Alvarado replaces Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton, who was elected with Bevin in 2015.

A spokesman for Bevin said Hampton would serve out the remainder of her term. Bevin called Hampton an “extraordinary lieutenant governor” and “a dear and personal friend.” He said adding Alvarado makes it “a pretty solid ticket,” adding he has “a sense of urgency.”

Alvarado is a medical doctor who has been in the state Senate since 2015. Hampton is military veteran who lives in Bowling Green.

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1:30 p.m.

A former Kentucky attorney general wants his old job back.

Democrat Greg Stumbo filed to run for attorney general in 2019. A veteran of the Kentucky House of Representatives, Stumbo was attorney general from 2004 to 2008. He was Kentucky’s House speaker until 2016, when he lost his re-election bid.

Stumbo is the first Democrat to file for the office. The current attorney general, Andy Beshear, is also a Democrat. But instead of seeking re-election, Beshear is running for governor.

Stumbo said combating the state’s drug epidemic would be his priority if elected. He filed a lawsuit against OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma in 2007. That case settled for $24 million in 2015 after Stumbo left office.

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11:25 a.m.

A Republican state senator in Kentucky has filed to run for attorney general a few hours after his colleague withdrew.

Wil Schroder filed for the office on Friday just a few hours after fellow state Sen. Whitney Westerfield got out of the race.

Schroder will face Daniel Cameron in the Republican primary. Cameron was U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell’s lawyer for two years in Washington.

Schroder has been in the state Senate since 2014. Before that, he was a prosecutor in Campbell County.

Cameron has no prosecutorial experience. Schroder told reporters Friday he got into the race because he believes “this job is too important for on-the-job training.”

Cameron said earlier this week he believes he has the leadership skills to run the office and confront Kentucky’s drug epidemic.

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10:55 a.m.

A former Miss America and commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs has filed to run for secretary of state.

Heather French Henry filed to run for the office as a Democrat on Friday. Henry said her experience running the Department of Veterans Affairs, with its 900 employees and $100 million budget, has given her the experience she needs to run the secretary of state’s office.

Current Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes cannot seek re-election because of term limits. Grimes announced Monday she would not be running for governor in 2019.

Henry was veterans affairs commissioner under former Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear. She was deputy commissioner under Republican Gov. Matt Bevin but resigned on Friday to run for office.

Henry was crowned Miss America in 2000.

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9:04 a.m.

A Republican state senator in Kentucky has withdrawn from the race for attorney general.

Republican Whitney Westerfield withdrew from the race on Friday. The decision seems to give a clear path to the GOP nomination for Daniel Cameron, U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell’s former lawyer.

Westerfield was the Republican nominee for attorney general in 2015 but lost a close race to Democrat Andy Beshear. In an interview, Westerfield said he withdrew because he was facing a tough primary election and he wanted to spend more time with his growing family.

Westerfield did not say he would endorse Cameron, saying he would wait until Tuesday’s filing deadline to make a decision.

Beshear is running for governor instead of seeking re-election. Former Democratic state House Speaker Greg Stumbo is planning to run.

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