Kentucky's Lieutenant Governor says he is taking a pass on running for governor in 2015. Speaking Tuesday afternoon to the Elizabethtown Rotary Club, Democrat Jerry Abramson said he wants to spend his remaining two-and-a-half years in Frankfort as an education advocate.
Abramson had previously said he was considering a gubernatorial bid. He told his Hardin County audience Tuesday that he wants to be an "education warrior" who helps the commonwealth develop a more skilled and educated workforce.
The Lt. Gov. said you don't have to be an elected official to champion a cause you're passionate about.
Abramson lamented the reduced funding for postsecondary education in Kentucky, saying the rising cost of tuition is making higher education unaffordable for many residents of the Bluegrass State.
Abramson said his decision to sit out the next governor's race has nothing to do with his wife's breast cancer diagnosis.
Other possible 2015 Democratic gubernatorial candidates include Attorney General Jack Conway, Auditor Adam Edelen, former auditor Crit Luallen, and former Lt. Gov. Daniel Mongiardo.