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Here are the latest union endorsements

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House Minority Leader Rocky Adkins has picked up two more union endorsements for Tuesday's Democratic gubernatorial primary. 

Adkins, Attorney Gen. Andy Beshear and former auditor Adam Edelen are the frontrunners for their party's nod. Perennial candidate Geoff Young rounds out the field.

All but Young have union endorsements, though Adkins apparently has the most.

Here are the union and union-related endorsements as reported to us by the campaigns through Thursday.


Laborers Local 1214 (Paducah); Laborers Local 1392 (Owensboro) Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 248 (Ashland); Laborers’ Local 576 (Louisville); Covington Professional Firefighters IAFF Local 38; IBEW Local 575 (Portsmouth, Ohio, with many members in Kentucky), Laborers Local 1445 (Catlettsburg), Tri-State Building and Construction Trades Council (Ashland); United Steelworkers Local 14581 (Elkhorn City), USW 1865 (Ashland), the United Mine Workers of America, the Boyd County Education Association (Catlettsburg) and Ashland Education Association.   


Teamsters Local 89 (Louisville), Teamsters Local 783 (Louisville), Teamsters Local 651 (Lexington) Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 184 (Paducah), AFSCME Council 962 (Louisville). 


Jefferson County Teachers Association (Louisville), AFSCME Local 4011 (Louisville), IAFF Local 345 (Louisville) and Louisville Federation of Retired Firefighters. 

In March, the state AFL-CIO Executive Board, acting as the state COPE Committee, voted "no recommendation" For Adkins, Beshear, Edelen and Young and state Rep. Robert Goforth, who is one of three challengers to Gov. Matt Bevin in the GOP primary.

"No recommendation" means that union locals can get behind candidates of their choice as long as those candidates don't receive a "no endorsement." 

Bevin and his two other primary challengers, Ike Lawrence and William Woods, received a "no endorsement."