A Democratic lawmaker whose resume includes cabinet jobs and a career in the military announced Monday that she will run for Kentucky attorney general next year.
State Representative Pam Stevenson, a Louisville attorney, filed paperwork to begin running for Kentucky’s chief law enforcement officer. She won a second term at the Kentucky House this month.
Stevenson called the attorney general’s job “the people’s advocate.” The incumbent, Republican Daniel Cameron, is running for governor next year.
“I look forward to traveling the Commonwealth and having conversations with the people of Kentucky about what matters to them,” Stevenson said in a statement announcing his candidacy.
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She pledged to fight the opioid epidemic and “make sure Frankfurt’s extreme laws don’t take away our freedoms”, although she didn’t provide any details.
Stevenson, a retired Air Force colonel, highlighted her experience as a federal attorney, having served as chief prosecutor, criminal defense attorney, and “operations law expert supporting aircrews.” with more than 1,000 sorties over Iraq”.
She also highlighted her background as a nonprofit leader and Baptist minister.
“My life’s work has been to serve others – as a mother I raised a family, as a minister I strengthened congregations, as a colonel in the United States Air Force , I have fought for our country all over the world – including the Middle East, Croatia, Africa, Europe and many other places,” she said.
“Now, as a state representative, I work to ensure that our laws give every Kentuckian a fair chance to achieve the American dream,” she said.
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On the Republican side, former U.S. Attorney Russell Coleman entered the race for attorney general in the spring. He campaigned on issues such as cracking down on violent crime and drug trafficking while highlighting his extensive criminal justice resume.
Republicans launched the attack Monday shortly after Stevenson entered the campaign, raising questions about his stance on some criminal justice issues.