Rep. Pamela Stevenson, D-Louisville, has filed to run for attorney general.
An attorney and retired U.S. Air Force colonel, Stevenson currently represents House District 43, which covers parts of West Louisville and much of downtown Louisville. She filed her statement of spending intent with the Kentucky Registry for Election Finance earlier this week.
Stevenson is likely the first Black woman to run for attorney general in Kentucky.
In the General Assembly, Stevenson filed a bill that would have restored voting rights to people convicted of certain felonies. It received some bipartisan support, but ultimately did not pass.
Prior to Stevenson winning office in 2020, her seat was held by Charles Booker, who was the Democratic nominee for Senate against Sen. Rand Paul this year. She first ran for the office in 2018, but finished second to Booker in a crowded primary. She faced no general election opposition in 2022.
Current Republican Attorney General Daniel Cameron, who made history as the first Black attorney general when he was elected in 2019, is pursuing the Republican nomination for governor in 2023.
On the GOP side, Russell Coleman has amassed a huge sum of money so far in his run to replace Cameron. Coleman, formerly the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky and U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s legal counsel, has raised a total of $483,005.
As of late November, much of the 2023 Democratic slate down the ticket from Gov. Andy Beshear’s reelection — candidates for auditor, treasurer, commissioner of agriculture —remains unclear. Meanwhile, multiple high-profile Republicans have thrown their hats in the ring for statewide office.
Kim Reeder, a tax attorney with ties to Frankfort and Morehead, has raised $28,270 in a Democratic bid for auditor.
Beshear senior advisor and former member of House Democratic leadership Rocky Adkins stated over the summer that he’s considered running for commissioner of agriculture.
This story was originally published November 24, 2022 10:39 AM.