Attorney Gen. Jack Conway and all but one union-endorsed Democratic candidate for office this year are expected to break bread at Paducah’s 10th annual Alben Barkley Dinner Thursday July 30, 2015.
Conway wants to succeed Gov. Steve Beshear, also a Democrat. Conway’s running mate is State Rep. Sannie Overly, D-Paris.
The meal and political speaking, both sponsored by the McCracken County Democratic Executive Committee, is set for Walker Hall, 229 Madison Street Paducah, KY. The social hour and dinner will start at 6 p.m. (CDT) and the speaking at 7 p.m.
Besides Conway and Overly, the speakers’ lineup includes Alison Lundergan Grimes, who is seeking another term as secretary of state; State Rep. Rick Nelson, D-Middlesboro, who is running for state treasurer; incumbent state auditor Adam Edelen, and Jean-Marie Lawson Spann, who wants to be commissioner of agriculture.
Andy Beshear, the governor’s son and the Democratic candidate for attorney general, has a previous commitment and won’t be at the dinner.
The Kentucky State AFL-CIO endorsed Beshear and the other Democrats. The election is Nov. 3.
Also at the dinner, historian, author and union activist Berry Craig of Mayfield will be signing copies of his first book, True Tales of Old-Time Kentucky Politics: Bombast, Bourbon and Burgoo to raise money for the McCracken County party.
Tickets for the dinner are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. More information is available from McCracken party chair Mike Murphy at 270-559-6159.
The dinner is named in honor of Alben Barkley, a Graves County-born Paducahan who was a Democratic congressman, senate majority leader, senate minority leader and President Harry Truman’s vice president.