FRANKFORT, Kentucky — Hoping to follow his father's footsteps, Gov. Steve Beshear's son filed paperwork Thursday with the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance to begin raising money to run for attorney general.
Andy Beshear, a Louisville attorney, is the first Democrat to formally announce his candidacy in an election that's still two years away, though some other big names are also being bandied about for the race.
"If elected, I will work to make every Kentucky community, family, business and school safe and prosperous," the younger Beshear said in a statement Thursday.
The current attorney general, Louisville Democrat Jack Conway, is nearly half way through his second four-year term. Because of a two-term limit, Conway can't seek re-election. He instead is considering a run for governor in 2015.
Andy Beshear is seeking a job once held by his father, who was attorney general from 1980-1983. Steve Beshear went on to be lieutenant governor and was elected governor in 2007. He's now in his second and final term.
The governor vowed his full support for his son, saying he has a love for public service and a passion for helping the people of Kentucky.
"We are confident Andy will be an outstanding candidate and a great attorney general," the governor said in a statement.
Former Kentucky Democratic Party Chairwoman Jennifer Moore, also a Louisville attorney, is among other Democrats considering a run for attorney general.
Moore, now chairwoman of the group Emerge Kentucky that encourages Democratic women to enter politics, said Thursday she's has plenty of time to make up her mind on the race.
"I'll make my decision when the time is right," she said.
State Rep. John Tilley, the Hopkinsville Democrat who chairs the House Judiciary Committee, is also on the list of people looking at the attorney general's race, setting up a potentially crowded primary field.
Tilley said Thursday he's still discussing a potential run with his family.
"I'm still very much interested," he said. "I'm still weighing my options."