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KY-Gov: Matt Bevin's (R) Former GOP Primary Opponent, William Woods (R), Endorses Andy Beshear (D)

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Some big news today out of Kentucky:

A Kentucky Republican candidate who lost to incumbent Governor Matt Bevin in the 2019 gubernatorial primary endorsed a Democratic nominee this week.

In a video shared on Twitter on Monday, William Woods announced his support for Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear, a Democrat, weeks before the election in November. The clip was shared from Beshear’s Twitter account.

“I’m William Woods, former Republican candidate for Governor of Kentucky. I’m here today to endorse Andy Beshear as our next governor,” Woods said in the clip. “This election isn’t about politics for me, it’s about doing the right thing. And as a Kentuckian by birth, I’m ready for a governor who will respect all of us, regardless of political affiliation.”

He added: “I’m ready for a governor who will support public school teachers and our law enforcement community. I’m ready for a governor who will work with both Republicans and Democrats in Frankfort to get the job done.”

Republican state Senator Dan Seum also endorsed Beshear in July.

Woods came third place in the May primary with 14,000 votes, losing to Bevin who garnered almost ten times his vote count. His remarks about public school teachers references a stand-off between school staff and the state’s Republican-controlled legislature last year, during which some Kentucky educators went on strike to protest legislative changes made to their pension system. The feud resulted in several public schools being temporarily shut down.

Let’s keep up the momentum and help Beshear cross the finish line. Click below to donate and get involved with Beshear and his fellow Kentucky Democrats campaigns:

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