FRANKFORT, Ky. (KT) – Kentucky teachers will serve as grand marshals in Governor-elect Andy Beshear’s inauguration parade on Dec. 10.
Beshear made sure he included that in his first inauguration announcement on Wednesday. He also named chairs and members of his Team Kentucky inauguration.
The vote from teachers, who expressed anger over Gov. Matt Bevin’s action on the their pension and were offended by some off-handed comments, was a large reason why Beshear will replace Bevin as governor.
“I want to show my appreciation for our public educators, who work tirelessly, every day to improve the lives of our children and lift up our communities, and that is why I am naming them inauguration parade grand marshals,” Beshear said.
Kentucky Education Association President Eddie Campbell called naming teachers as grand marshals is a tribute to every educator in the state.
“It signals Gov.-elect Beshear’s and Lt. Gov.-elect Coleman’s clear commitment to public education and a renewed respect for Kentucky’s educators, who faced withering attacks from the previous administration,” Campbell said. “As educators, we look forward to working with the Beshear administration to find solutions to the challenges facing public education and creating a brighter future for Kentucky’s students.”
Beshear has also named honorary inauguration co-chairs that will help lead efforts to unify Kentuckians from every corner of the state.
The honorary chairs include Lonnie Ali, of Louisville; Mayor Greg Fischer, of Louisville; Kentucky House Minority Leader Rep. Rocky Adkins, of Sandy Hook; Rep. Patti Minter, of Bowling Green; Mayor Joe Meyer, of Covington; and Jim Gray, former mayor of Lexington.
Adkins, who finished second to Beshear in the May Democratic Primary, campaigned with him in eastern Kentucky.
“Leah and I are honored to be a part of this opportunity, and we look forward to working with Gov.-elect Beshear and others to make this inauguration and his administration a great success,” Adkins said. “Kentuckians are ready for a governor who will bring people together and move the Commonwealth forward.”
Fischer, mayor of the state’s largest city, said: “I am very happy to support Gov.-elect Beshear, and as Mayor of Louisville, I look forward to working with him and his administration in a respectful partnership to boost our city and our state. Andy clearly sees our city's value and importance as an economic engine for the state. And he understands that as Louisville succeeds, the Commonwealth succeeds, and as the Commonwealth succeeds, so does our city.”
Beshear and running mate Jacqueline Coleman say they are already at work planning the transition of government and planning to address the issues that Kentucky families care about, like securing good jobs, accessing affordable health care, protecting and funding pensions and supporting public education.
On Nov. 6, at the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville, Beshear made his first transition team announcement, naming Deputy Attorney General J. Michael Brown as his administration’s transition chair.
Beshear on Tuesday unveiled his initial gubernatorial transition website, www.besheartransitionky.com, where Kentuckians can connect with the transition team and apply to work in the administration.
Additional official transition announcements are expected this week.