Governor Bevin reflects on his term in office

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKYT) - On December 10th, the inauguration of Governor-elect Andy Beshear will take place.

Gov. Matt Bevin concedes the Kentucky governor's race to Governor-elect Andy Beshear after a recanvass shows no change in results.

That means Governor Matt Bevin's single term is coming to an end. The Governor lost a highly contested three-way race to Beshear by a little more than 5,000 votes.

Wednesday, WKYT sat down with him to reflect on his time serving the commonwealth.

He ran for office with pension reform as a major talking point in his vision "for a better Kentucky".

While he says they have taken steps forward the pension system still needs work after his term expires and that making necessary structural changes is unpopular.

Even in the closing days of his administration, Bevin says he chooses not to spend time looking in the rear-view mirror.

But he says he does fear the state losing some of the gains he says they have made during his time in office.

"I would love to see this state rise to its potential like we talked about, but I'll tell you, four more years wouldn't do it." the Governor said, "It takes to change the true culture of a state - whether it's the financial culture, the educational culture, the economic development culture - to truly transform it takes a generation. It takes 15-20 years to really transform a state. We were on our way, now we're sort of fits and starts - we'll see."

As for the governor's strained relationship with his Lieutenant Governor Jenean Hampton, he says she is a good person and he respects her but also that she has chosen her own path in recent weeks.

Hampton revealed that she did not vote for Matt Bevin because of the way he treated her staff. She instead voted for Libertarian candidate John Hicks.

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