Stevenson announces candidacy for Kentucky attorney general race
A Democratic congresswoman whose resume includes ministry work and a military career announced Monday that she will run for Kentucky attorney general next year.
State Rep. Pam Stevenson, an attorney from Louisville, has filed paperwork to begin running as a police officer in Kentucky. He won a second term in the Kentucky House this month.
Stevenson referred to the attorney general’s job as “the people’s lawyer.” The incumbent, Republican Daniel Cameron, is running for governor next year.
“I look forward to traveling the commonwealth and having conversations with Kentuckians about what matters to them,” Stevenson said in a statement announcing his candidacy.
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He pledged to take part in the fight against the opioid epidemic and “make sure Frankfort’s extreme laws don’t take away our liberties,” though he offered no specifics.
Stevenson, a retired Air Force colonel, noted her experience as an attorney at the federal level, having served as a chief prosecutor, criminal defense attorney and “expert in operations law supporting aircrews airlines with more than 1,000 sorties over Iraq”.
He also noted his background as a nonprofit leader and Baptist minister.
“My life’s work has been service to others: as a mother I have raised a family, as a minister I have empowered congregations, as a colonel in the United States Air Force I have fought for our country globally , including in the Middle East, Croatia. , Africa, Europe and many other places,” he said.
“Now, as a state representative, I work to make sure our laws give all Kentuckians a fair shot at the American dream,” he said.
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On the Republican side, former U.S. Attorney Russell Coleman entered the attorney general race in the spring. He has campaigned on issues such as cracking down on violent crime and drug trafficking, pointing to his extensive criminal justice resume.
Republicans lashed out Monday shortly after Stevenson entered the campaign, raising questions about his stance on some criminal justice issues.