LOUISVILLE - Democrat Adam Edelen said Wednesday he chose coaching his sons in Little League baseball over waging a time-consuming campaign for Kentucky governor, opting instead to seek a second term as state auditor next year.
Edelen became the latest prominent politician to rule out a run for Kentucky's top political job in 2015. The wide-open race to succeed Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear has already attracted two high-profile candidates and is likely to draw several more in coming months.
The first-term auditor said he had lined up a campaign team - including a running mate - for a gubernatorial bid, but decided on Father's Day evening to step away from the race in favor of running for re-election.
"I really like the work-life balance I have right now," Edelen said in a phone interview. "I'm able to be a vigorous advocate for modernization reform as state auditor and I'm also able to coach Little League baseball. ..."