The two filed thier candidacy papers Thursday afternoon in the secretary of state’s office in the Capitol. They were accompanied by their wives, Jane Beshear and Madeline Abramson, and other family members.
Signing their papers were Beshear’s former secretary, Carol McDonald, and former law partner, Bruce Reynolds. They also signed the candidacy papers for Beshear with running mate Daniel Mongiardo in 2007.
Beshear said he does not expect any serious opposition in the May Democratic primary election. Perennial candidate Otis “Bullman” Hensley Jr. of Harlan County is seeking the Democratic nomination with running mate Richard Robbins, an Evarts coal miner.
Republicans seeking the office are Senate President David Williams of Burkesville with Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer and Louisville businessman Phil Moffett with state Rep. Mike Harmon of Danville.
Lexington attorney Gatewood Galbraith is running as an independent with Frankfort political consultant Dea Riley.