FRANKFORT – Attorney General Jack Conway put an end to speculation Tuesday, announcing that he is running for governor.
Conway also introduced his running mate during a video announcement Tuesday morning, state Rep. Sannie Overly, from Bourbon County. Conway and Overly outlined basic tenants of their platform to make Kentucky a better place to live, work and raise a family.
The video can be viewed online at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fh3Qfn0ZJEs.
“As a father, every day I am reminded that building the best future possible must be our life’s work – not only for our children, but for everyone,” Conway said. Conway said he will focus on making early childhood education and higher education more accessible to Kentucky families, create a more business-friendly Commonwealth, protect Kentucky’s energy sources and build infrastructure across our state to help create more jobs and opportunities for all Kentuckians.
The campaign touted record as attorney general, specifically mentioning his work to target child predators, cracking down on internet crimes, fighting illegal drugs by shutting down pain clinics, and working to protect consumers by fighting Medicaid fraud and utility rate increases.
“As we choose our next governor, now is not the time for inexperience or empty promises,” General Conway said. “Now is the time to roll up our sleeves and continue to move Kentucky forward, and we begin doing that by building a great team. The strength of this gubernatorial ticket is bolstered by Rep. Sannie Overly’s record of accomplishments.”
In just five years of service in the Kentucky General Assembly, Rep. Overly has held multiple high-ranking positions, becoming a pioneer for Kentucky women in legislative leadership.
She was selected to serve as the first female chair of the House Budget Review Subcommittee on Transportation and in 2013 she became House Majority Caucus Chair, the first female in history elected to this leadership position. She has advocated on behalf of women and children throughout her legislative career, including during the 2014 General Assembly where her tireless fight resulted in the passage of House Bill 3, which will help stem the rising incidents of human-trafficking crimes against children.
Rep. Overly holds an engineering degree from the University of Kentucky and earned her J.D. cum laude from the University of Louisville.
“As Governor, Jack will fight for better jobs, to fix our schools, and to help our families confront the economic struggles they face every day,” said Rep. Overly. “Jack has refused to back down from the toughest fights and he has won. Together, we will work hard to build Kentucky’s future.”
As could be expected, the announcement did not please the Republican Party of Kentucky. State Republican Chairman Steve Robertson went on the attack, shortly after the news became public.
“It should concern all Kentucky voters that a true liberal like Jack Conway, who has publicly embraced President Barack Obama and the views of his administration, wants to lead our Commonwealth,” Robertson said. “What’s equally concerning is the fact that House Democrat leader Greg Stumbo has already declared Jack Conway’s running mate Sannie Overly unfit to hold this office.”
Nathan Smith, a Northern Kentucky businessman, is listed as campaign chair on the paperwork filed with the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance. Rep. Leslie Combs and Dr. Karen Shay, who lost her daughter to a prescription drug overdose and travels with General Conway throughout Kentucky educating students about the dangers of prescription pill abuse, have agreed to serve as honorary chairs of the campaign.