LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky Democrat Party will have an African American chairman for the first time in its history. A party news release says Colmon Elridge was elected chairman of the party on Saturday after Gov. Andy Beshear nominated him for the position. Elridge is a Cynthiana native and served as a special advisor to former Gov. Steve Beshear from 2007 to 2015. Elridge will replace Ben Self, who became chairman in 2017 and announced in September that he would resign at the end of the year.