With a crowded and contentious race for the Republican nomination for governor, the less-competitive Democratic race has drawn very little notice.
Still Geoff Young and Jack Conway are competing to represent the Democratic Party in November. We choose Conway.
Conway, now in the final year of his second term as Kentucky's attorney general, also served for six years in senior positions in the administration of former Gov. Paul Patton. This experience has given him a deep, up-close knowledge of what's involved in running state government.
Under Conway, the attorney general's office has been recognized as one of the most aggressive in the nation in pursuing Medicaid fraud, returning over $260 million to the state's Medicaid program.
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Other impressive wins: $64 million recovered for the state and individuals from joining national litigation over mortgage fraud and $32 million that will be directed to drug abuse treatment as Kentucky's share in a national action against pharmaceutical manufacturers.
Conway's office has also sued Purdue Pharma, maker of Oxycontin, in state court, seeking damages for the wreckage wrought on the state through prescription drug abuse.
Young also has experience in Frankfort and in politics. He worked 14 years in the state energy office before his retirement. He has run unsuccessfully for the state and U.S. houses before taking on this race.
Young, who has an undergraduate degree from MIT in economics and two graduate degrees from other schools, has been a dedicated political activist for several years, pushing for better environmental protections and against racism, war and economic inequality.
Young has also shown a propensity for controversy. He has initiated a lawsuit against the Democratic Party over the handling of the primary process. He has also been engaged in legal entanglements with Good Foods Co-op, where he was expelled from the board.
We admire Young's intelligence and his dedication but cannot see him as an effective candidate for the Democrats in the fall.
Conway is the better and stronger candidate to take on the Republican who emerges from the May 19 primary.
The unendorsed candidate may submit a 250-word response by noon Friday.