HAZARD, Ky. (WYMT) - The 2019 gubernatorial election is sure to have its fair share of pomp and circumstance.
Governor Matt Bevin has often grabbed headlines, most notably, sparring with teachers and state workers over pension reform.
One of his most talked about sparring partners is Attorney General Andy Beshear, a Democrat.
"I'm the only candidate in this race who has proven I can not only go up against Matt Bevin but I have beaten him repeatedly time after time," said Beshear.
The gubernatorial hopeful sat down with WYMT's Steve Hensley for an Issues and Answers that airs Monday, February 11th at 7 p.m.
"I believe that my kids and everyone else's kids deserve a better Commonwealth and that we deserve a governor who puts our families first and that is why I decided to get into this race," Beshear said.
It is not set that Bevin and Beshear will go head to head, however.
Bevin has to get past two primary challengers while Beshear has to be out three others.
"A governor who fights for you and not the out of state CEO's. One who makes sure you have a word class education and one who fights for teachers and brings them to the table," Beshear said why he sticks out above the other primary contenders from the left.
Beshear said advancing education in the Commonwealth is one of his main goals but also said he is for expanded gaming.
"It's time that we have a new revenue stream that is directed to fund pensions," said Beshear. "We need to finally enact expanded gaming. I'll tell you I think that includes casino gaming, sports betting, fantasy sports and preparing for online poker."
Beshear also went as far to say he believes marijuana, in some form, has a future in Kentucky. He also touched on abortion and a handful of other topics.