Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

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July 19, 2009

Abramson to join Beshear ticket for 2011 re-election

Formal announcements Monday in Frankfort, Louisville

FRANKFORT — Gov. Steve Beshear will formally announce Monday morning he’s running for a second term and Louisville Metro Mayor Jerry Abramson will be his running mate in 2011.

“I’ll be announcing tomorrow I’m going to run for re-election,” Beshear said in a short telephone interview Sunday evening. “And my running mate is going to be Mayor Jerry Abramson of Louisville.”

The official announcement will come at 9 a.m. at Berry Hill Mansion in Frankfort with a second announcement scheduled for 2 p.m. in Louisville. The two will spend the next two days flying around the state, visiting Bowling Green, Paducah and Owensboro on Tuesday and Hazard, Ashland and Covington on Wednesday.

The ticket has been rumored for weeks, but Beshear and his team had steadfastly refused to confirm it while Abramson has consistently fended off questions by saying he was concentrating on a decision about running for re-election in 2010 for mayor.

“These are serious times,” Beshear said. “We’re in one of the worst economic crises of our lifetime and serious times call for serious leaders. I can’t think of anybody with a better record than Jerry Abramson’s. His record over two decades as mayor of the largest city in Kentucky is outstanding.”

Beshear said he does not expect Abramson to resign as mayor and join the administration, saying Abramson intends to complete his term which ends in 2010. He said Abramson will “be a full partner” in a second Beshear administration but wouldn’t say what kind of job or role he might ask Abramson to accept.

The position of Economic Development Secretary is open and is currently filled on an interim basis by Larry Hayes, Beshear’s Secretary of the Cabinet. Hayes worked for Abramson before joining Beshear’s administration in 2007.

Beshear said Abramson will spend much of the next two years “getting out in the state and letting people get to know him.”

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