FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear has set a tremendous fundraising pace since launching his 2023 reelection bid, raising $ 1.3 million in the past three months last year, his campaign announced on Monday.
The Democratic governor’s campaign called it the highest initial fundraising figure released by an incumbent Bluegrass state governor. Beshear is storing campaign funds for a tough campaign in a state dominated by Republicans keen to reclaim the governorship.
Beshear said he was grateful for the support, which he said came from across Kentucky and from all parties.
“The support we see from people all over the world shows that investing in health care and education, creating well-paying jobs in every community, and leading with our shared Kentucky values - honesty, decency and transparency – is important for our people, “he said. .
Beshear has been in crisis management for most of his tenure. The COVID-19 pandemic struck about three months after taking office. Last month, tornadoes devastated parts of western Kentucky, putting the governor at the forefront as he led the state’s response and hosted a visit from President Joe Biden, a fellow Democrat.
The governor has argued with the GOP-dominated legislature over the pandemic, education and fiscal policies. Beshear has also presided over unprecedented job creation and business investment. It landed the state’s largest economic development project ever when Ford announced last year that it would build twin battery factories in Glendale as part of a joint venture with its battery partner.
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