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Bevin running for re-election with state Sen. Ralph Alvarado

Gov. Matt Bevin and state Sen. Ralph Alvarado, R-Winchester | Screenshot via WLKY

Gov. Matt Bevin filed to run for re-election on Friday, just after announcing at a press conference that his running mate will be state Sen. Ralph Alvarado of Winchester, Ky.

Alvarado, a physician and the son of immigrants, said that he was “honored and humbled” to be chosen by the governor to help “carry on the accomplishments that we’ve done for the past three years in this state.”

First elected to the Kentucky Senate in 2014, Alvarado won a second term to serve the district, located just outside of Lexington, last November. In the Senate, he has been a sponsor and advocate of legislation to limit medical malpractice lawsuits and create tax credits for donations to nonprofits that award scholarships for K-12 students to attend private schools.

Alvarado served as a member of the National Hispanic Advisory Council for President Donald Trump’s campaign in 2016, and he remains a member today.

Asked why Bevin chose not to run again with current Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton, he bluntly replied: “because I chose to run with Sen. Alvarado. Any other questions?” Bevin later said that Hampton has been a great lieutenant governor and is his dear friend.

Bevin said that Alvarado “represents the greatness of America and the greatness of Kentucky, the greatness of opportunity.”

The governor currently has two little-known Republicans running against him in the gubernatorial primary, including new state Rep. Robert Goforth of East Bernstadt, Ky. Republican Congressman James Comer — who lost to Bevin by just 83 votes in the GOP primary in 2015 — is considering a run against the governor but only has until the deadline next Tuesday to file for the office.

Three big Democratic names have thrown their hat into the ring in the race for governor: Attorney General Andy Beshear, former state Auditor Adam Edelen, and House Minority Floor Leader Rocky Adkins. Polls have shown that Bevin’s approval rating has plummeted in Kentucky over the past year, but voters have trended heavily towards Republicans in elections in recent years.

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