Ermold to run for County Clerk

07 December, 2017, 07:05 | Author: Wade Massey
  • Ermold to run for County Clerk

"He doesn't understand the office and the clerk's office is more than marriage licenses", Matt Staver, who represented Davis in her legal battles, told WKYT-TV.

A gay man who was denied a marriage license by Kim Davis in Rowan County, Ky., is seeking to challenge her for the county clerk position. Davis later became a darling of the Christian right after she refused to follow a court order to issue licenses and went to jail on Friday, Sept. 4, 2015. Davis denied his marriage license in 2015.

I am running to restore the people's confidence in our clerk's office.

"The county clerk's office has been in the hands of the same family for nearly 35 years", he told the newspaper. The others are James L. Jessee, Elwood Caudill and Nashia Fife, according to the Kentucky Office of the Secretary of State.

"She's not interested in any other office", Staver said.

Ermold said he would bring more professionalism to the clerk's office, which includes not hiring family and friends, and do a better job helping to register voters and facilitate voting.

"The county clerk's office has been in the hands of the same family for nearly 35 years", Ermold told the Herald-Leader.

"We need to not just symbolize, we need to send a message out to all these people saying it's okay", Ermold said. "It should not be something that's handed down from mother to daughter and from daughter to son".

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Ermold and Moore were married in October 2015 in the county.

In the two years since then, things have quieted down in this Appalachian town previously known for a college basketball team at Morehead State University that occasionally qualifies for the NCAA tournament. Ermold, 43, is an English professor at the University of Pikeville and director of Morehead Pride. For example, two months ago she traveled to Romania to urge that country to outlaw gay marriage. He said he is exhausted of the "divide and conquer" style of politics that has come to dominate most elections, where candidates purposefully take stances to energize some voters while angering everyone else. Asked if she thought she deserved to be re-elected, Davis said: "That will be up to the people". He wants to tell people who have been discriminated against, as he has, that there is room to succeed.

However, he told HuffPo that he believed Rowan County residents were "ready to move on from" Davis.

Davis's mother was the previous clerk, and Davis's son works in the clerk's office, as well.

"You have to serve all the people, not just the ones you agree with", she said.

Visit Ermold's candidate page HERE and his Facebook page HERE.

Davis helped him file his candidacy paperwork.

"Diversity, inclusion - none of these things are exclusively one party issues", he said. In 2016, the Kentucky General Assembly established an alternate license. "I think I do a good job". "I just can not sit by and just let her take that seat without a fight".

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