Democrat Andy Beshear elected attorney general

Democrat Andy Beshear, the son of Kentucky’s governor, has been elected the state’s next attorney general —a job once held by his father.

Beshear defeated Republican lawmaker Whitney Westerfield on Tuesday, capping an expensive, hard-fought campaign for the job as Kentucky’s chief law enforcement officer. Beshear, a 37-year-old lawyer making his first run for office, is the son of two-term Gov. Steve Beshear.

Andy Beshear says his priorities will include combating child abuse, drug abuse and scams targeting older Kentuckians.

The campaign turned into dueling arguments that the other candidate lacked experience for the job.

Beshear criticized Westerfield’s lack of appellate experience and representation of debt collectors.

Westerfield pointed to Beshear’s lack of prosecutorial experience.

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