FRANKFORT, Ky. (KT) - A Bevin administration official has announced he will seek the Republican nomination for Kentucky Secretary of State in the May 2019 primary election.
Andrew English, a Navy veteran who holds the rank of Lt. Commander in the Naval Reserve, currently serves as general counsel for Kentucky’s Justice and Public Safety Cabinet.
“I want to serve as your Secretary of State, because I know Kentucky’s potential is unmatched,” said English in announcing his candidacy. “I would be honored to put my beliefs in teamwork and public service to use for the people of Kentucky. As Secretary of State, I will focus on expanding economic opportunities, fighting voter fraud and advancing us all forward as Team Kentucky.”
His father, Wally English, was a long-time football coach at the college and pro ranks, so Andrew English says they moved around a lot, and he was born while his dad was an assistant with the Pittsburgh Panthers.
But both of his parents were from Louisville, so they came back between his father’s coaching stints, and Andrew English graduated from South Oldham High School.
During an interview in May, English said, “Both of my parents are from Louisville, so we came back when dad was between coaching stints and always considered Kentucky my home. I graduated from South Oldham High School.”
English has been in the Navy for about ten years, where he says he has served in a variety of capacities. “I started out as a defense attorney for sailors, Marines and Coast Guard members who were accused of crimes. From there I was deployed to the Persian Gulf aboard the USS Iwo Jima.”
After that deployment, English was based at the Washington Navy Yard, where he was General Counsel to the Admiral in charge of the Judge Advocate General Corps, then ran his own prosecution team.
As a reservist, he still drills one weekend a month and serves two weeks in the summer, like other reserve or National Guard units. He also performs other legal duties outside those times, such as writing briefs, or consulting with other JAG officers.
English is not the only Secretary of State candidate. Republican Carl “Trump” Nett, a one-time Secret Service employee, has also announced for the office, and Democrat Jason Griffith filed his candidacy papers with the Secretary of State, the day after the November General Election.
Incumbent Alison Lundergan Grimes cannot seek re-election to the position due to term limits.
January 29, 2019 is the filing deadline for the May primary, which in addition to Secretary of State, will include all the other Kentucky constitutional offices: governor, lt. governor, attorney general, agriculture commissioner, auditor and treasurer.