Kentucky Governor-elect Beshear announces transition team

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KENTUCKY (WEHT) – After more than a week after the election the Kentucky governor’s race is officially over.

Governor Matt Bevin conceded to governor-elect Andy Beshear Thursday.

And now that Beshear has been elected– a team has been put into place to help the new governor transition to his new position.

More than 150 members are working to help the government carry out Beshear’s vision of moving forward with the State of Kentucky.

“It’s about admitting, that yes, people from different political sides are not always going to agree but, we should certainly start finding common ground and working together. “

Team members represent a variety of backgrounds, including health care, education, law enforcement, and medical professionals.

Beshear will begin his term as governor starting December 10th.

Original Story

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WEHT) – The new Governor-elect in Kentucky has announced his transition team Friday morning.

Andy Beshear and Jacqueline Coleman detailed the more than 150-member transition team, stating the group is working swiftly to ready state government to carry out Beshear’s vision of moving the state forward.

“Jacqueline and I are honored to have such a strong and talented team of leaders and experts committed to helping Kentucky start this new chapter,” Beshear said. “We are truly excited about this opportunity. We will never stop working to serve every single Kentuckian, including the lost, the lonely and the left behind.” 

“We appreciate those willing to volunteer to help us move forward as a state with dignity, inclusivityand respect,” said Lt. Gov.-elect Jacqueline Coleman. “We all share a common goal to make Kentucky a vibrant, safe, healthy place for our families to live and work for generations to come. We’ve got a lot of work to do. Let’s get started.”

J. Michael Brown was introduced as the transition chair.

Those co-chairing the Executive Branch cabinet teams includes former Lieutenant Governor Crit Luallen.

“I am confident that Gov.-elect Beshear will approach the formation of his administration with the same integrity and diligence that have been the hallmarks of his career,” said Luallen. “I am honored to be asked to assist in the transition.”

For a current list of transition team co-chairs and members click here. Most of the members come from the Louisville and Lexington area. One person from Beaver Dam, and another from Henderson are the only representatives on the transition team listed from the Eyewitness News viewing area.

Grand marshals of the inauguration parade in Frankfort December 10 will be teachers.

After a statewide recanvass on Thursday, Governor Matt Bevin conceded the election to Beshear. Around 5,000 votes separated the two on election night with the Democrat Beshear holding the advantage.

While Beshear gave a victory speech on election night, Bevin took the stage at the Republican event stating there were irregularities and he would not concede.

The recanvass results tallied around a week later saw no change in the vote.

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(This story was originally published on November 15, 2019)

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