Edelen files for governor ahead of Tuesday's deadline

Democrat Adam Edelen (right) files to run for governor Jan. 28 as his running mate, Gill Holland, looks on in Frankfort.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Adam Edelen will host a public town hall event Friday at Western Kentucky University called “Ask Adam” as part of a statewide tour.

Edelen, a former state auditor, said this will be his sixth such town hall and second on a college campus.

Tuition increases and mounting student debt are issues that impact the state’s economy, he said, and are among the items he expects to discuss at WKU, but the town hall is open to all residents.

Edelen said what sets him apart from other candidates is that “I have a proven record of job creation and fighting corruption.”

Since his run as state auditor ended in 2016 after losing a re-election bid to Republican Mike Harmon, he has been working to develop a $125 million solar project in Pike County, details of which will be announced soon, he said.

Edelen said he is running an issue-based campaign focused on building a more modern economy.

“A lot of people are fearful about changes in technology and the economy,” he said. “They feel left out (and) stuck in low-paying jobs. Kentucky is not progressing as quickly as it needs to. ... We need a modern Kentucky with a modern economy.”

The town hall is scheduled for 6 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Feix Ballroom in the Augenstein Alumni Center.

Edelen is set to square off in the Democratic primary against current Attorney General Adam Beshear, state Rep. Rocky Adkins of Sandy Hook and former state employee Geoff Young.

Gov. Matt Bevin’s main challenger in the Republican primary is state Rep. Robert Goforth of London.

Bevin decided in the final days before the filing deadline last month to replace Bowling Green’s Jenean Hampton as his lieutenant governor running mate with state Sen. Ralph Alvarado of Winchester.

– Follow News Director Wes Swietek on Twitter @BGDNgovtbeat or visit bgdailynews.com.

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Wes Swietek is the Bowling Green Daily News News Director.

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