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Posted: Wednesday, November 14, 2018 9:27 pm

Democratic minority leader of Kentucky’s House of Representatives, Rocky Adkins, announced Wednesday he’ll run for Kentucky governor 

The Morehead State University graduate made his announcement at the Morehead Conference Center a little over a week after being re-elected into the Kentucky House of Representatives, when he ran unopposed.

Rocky Adkins and Stephanie Horne Campaign
Rocky Adkins announces his run for Ky. Gov. at the Morehead Conference Center on November 14, 2018 in Morehead, Ky. Photos by Julianna Leach Julianna Leach

“We can not only do better but as you know my, friends, we must do better,” said Adkins as he spoke on the importance for better education, jobs and healthcare for Kentuckians.

If elected governor, Adkins wants to work on keeping college graduates in the state. “What I want to see is a 21-century economy that produces a 21-century work force, he said.”

Adkins said space science is the “number one” industry in the commonwealth, over tobacco, car and bourbon, and he wants to build it up to create manufacturing jobs so those who have lost jobs can be retrained and go back into the work force.

Joining Adkins as running mate is real-estate attorney and former Jefferson County school board member Stephanie Horne. Both are listed on the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance.

Rocky Adkins and Stephanie Horne Campaign
Stephanie Horne speaks during the announcement of Rocky Adkins running for Ky. Gov. at the Morehead Conference Center on November 14, 2018 in Morehead, Ky. Photos by Julianna Leach Julianna Leach

“As lieutenant governor I will fight for students in every county,” said Horne.

The two are running on the platform “Commonsense for the Common Wealth.”

Adkins, who was joined by former governor Paul Patton, will run against Attorney General Andy Beshear, and possibly others,  in the primary.

Rocky Adkins and Stephanie Horne Campaign
Rocky Adkins announced his run for Ky. Gov. at the Morehead Conference Center on November 14, 2018 in Morehead, Ky. Photos by Julianna Leach Julianna Leach

The majority leader is a native of Sandy Hook and grew up in Elliot County, a rural area of Eastern Kentucky that has voted heavily Democratic since 1869. 

Adkins is an alumnus of MSU and played basketball for the university when the Eagles won the Ohio Valley Conference championship in 1983. 

Retired MSU basketball coach Wayne Martin, and a university regent, made an appearance at the campaign launch to endorse his former student. 

“Rocky Adkins was, is and will be a leader,” said Martin. “Your leader, our leader, for what is best for the Commonwealth of Kentucky.”

In November of 2017, MSU named its newest dinning facility (The Rock) after the minority leader.

There are only three states that will be holding elections for governor in 2019, Kentucky, Louisiana and Mississippi.

Incumbent Gov. Matt Bevin made his announcement to run for re-election in August but has yet to file the paperwork to make it official.