Former Rep. Richard Henderson to run for treasurer in crowded primary field

01/12/2015 04:08 PM

Former state Rep. Richard Henderson, a Mt. Sterling Democrat who lost his re-election bid for state House, says he will enter the Democratic primary for state treasurer as a “blue-collar candidate.”

The 43-year-old Henderson says his eight years in the legislature and four years as mayor of Jeffersonville give him a leg up on the other contenders in the Democratic primary for treasurer, which grows by the day.

Henderson has not yet filed his paperwork, but he said that’s just a formality.

“I’m in the race,” he told Pure Politics in a phone interview.

With his time as a member of the House Budget Review Subcommittee on Transportation, Henderson says the experience offers an advantage in the race, which he envisions will be run in a grassroots format.

“My run will be more grassroots than a coattails run,” Henderson said in response to a question about the Democratic ticket in 2015.

“The Democratic ticket will be strong.”

With the push to run in 120 counties, Henderson says he came up short in his 2014 re-election bid in his home county because of backlash against the Democratic president and carryover from the failed re-election bid of state Sen. R.J. Palmer, D-Winchester.

Henderson was also caught on camera during his House re-election bid affirming he had attended cockfights, something he says was taken “out of context,” though Henderson said the statement was “a mistake.”

“I admit it was a mistake,” he said, adding that he meant to make a statement about limiting the number of felonies citizens can be charged with.

The cockfighting statement, Henderson said is “not what Richard Henderson is about.”

Kentuckians need to look at the “entire picture” of his time in the legislature from heading up a special committee on school safety and the work he did to “make schools safer,” he said.

Henderson will become the fourth entrant in the Democratic primary with more likely to file. Democrats Rep. Rick Nelson of Middlesboro, Neville Blakemore of Louisville and Daniel Grossberg of Louisville have all declared their intent to run for the office.

Other Democrats considering for treasurer include Colmon Elridge, an aide to Gov. Steve Beshear and executive vice president of Young Democrats of America, investment professional Chris Tobe and Bardstown business owner Dee Dee Ford.

Prestonsburg attorney and Republican activist Allison Ball is lone Republican to file for the office so far.

The filing deadline for constitutional offices is January 27.


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