By Alton Strupp
The Courier Journal
Republican Daniel Cameron was elected Kentucky’s next attorney general on November 5, becoming the first African American ever to win a race for the office and the first Republican to do so in over 70 years.
Cameron, a 33-year old first–time candidate from Louisville, won over 57% of the vote, beating Democratic nominee Greg Stumbo — the former speaker of the House.
The Republican will replace Democrat Andy Beshear as attorney general. Beshear finished his race for governor with 5,000 more votes than incumbent Matt Bevin.
The former general counsel for U.S, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Cameron has worked as an attorney for Frost Brown Todd over the past two years.
In his victory speech to supporters Tuesday night, Cameron specifically thanked McConnell and called for the continued success of the Republican Party, which won all five of the statewide races for constitutional offices except the race for governor.
Cameron said in the campaign that his priorities as attorney general will be to tackle Kentucky’s opioid epidemic and crimes against children, in addition to ensuring Kentucky does not become a so-called “sanctuary state” for undocumented immigrants.