Politics & Government

Edelen raises more than $250,000 in campaign for auditor

FRANKFORT — Democrat Adam Edelen of Lexington is off to a fast start in raising money for his bid to become Kentucky's next auditor.

Edelen, who resigned as Gov. Steve Beshear's chief of staff in September after more than two years, said Tuesday he has raised more than $250,000 in six weeks for his campaign.

"I believe that's a record for a candidate on the down-ticket ballot," said Edelen, who turns 36 Friday. He said he expects to raise more than $1 million.

Kentuckians next year will vote for governor and other "down-ticket" constitutional offices that include auditor. The auditor checks the financial books of all state agencies, school districts and county governments and performs special investigations.

Edelen said he expects to file officially for the office by the end of the year. So far, only one person has filed for the office — Lexington businessman John T. Kemper III, who ran unsuccessfully last spring for the 6th Congressional District seat in Central Kentucky.

Kemper, a Republican, was not available to comment on Edelen's fund-raising.

Crit Luallen, the current auditor, is finishing her second four-year term and legally cannot seek a third.