Kemper explains his business filing error, reasons for running for auditor

11/15/2010 07:29 PM

John Kemper, a Republican candidate for state auditor, said he forgot to re-file the annual reports for his businesses with the Secretary of State’s office but said it shouldn’t affect his bid to be the chief watchdog of public money.

Kemper is listed as a manager or officer for two Lexington-based development companies, Thomas and Corbett and Classic Impact Homes. Both companies are listed as “inactive” and in “bad” standing by the Secretary of State, which handles all corporate filings.

He said he lost track of the re-filing paperwork amid his campaigning this spring in the Republican primary for the 6th Congressional District. Kemper finished fourth out of six candidates with 3,454 votes in the GOP primary.

“Apparently that got lost in the shuffle between the campaigning and trying to finish up the congressional race,” Kemper said, adding that he helped support Republican nominee Andy Barr’s bid for Congress this fall. “We’re going to just have to re-file the annual reports.”

Kemper said it was “a technicality.”

He also explained why he wants to replace Crit Luallen, the state auditor, who is term limited and cannot seek re-election.

Here’s the interview:

So far, Kemper is the only announced Republican for state auditor. State Sen. Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown, had said he was considering the race but told cn|2 Politics last week that he decided to seek re-election in the state Senate in 2012 instead.

Democrat Adam Edelen, the former chief of staff to Gov. Steve Beshear, is running for his party’s nomination for auditor.

- Ryan Alessi


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