Glenn focused on financial literacy in treasurer's race; says Owensboro seat will fall to Democratic hands if elected

04/20/2015 02:52 PM

Rep. Jim Glenn has clung to political life in recent election seasons and now the five-term incumbent and business administration professor is calculating his chances at gaining the Democratic nomination for state treasurer in a five-person primary.

A main tenet for the Owensboro Democrat in his campaign is to bring financial literacy to individuals across the state.

“This is a war, a financial war, and this war is being fought worldwide. We have to have more people who understand finance to help our general public with their finances,” Glenn said.

As 40 percent of the people in the state have “little or no money in the bank,” it is important for individuals to “gain financial literacy and financial strengthen” so Glenn says they’re “not taken advantage of by other people.”

In his time in the legislature Glenn has sponsored financial literacy programs for students, something he says the Kentucky Department of Education should offer at least as an elective. Glenn said he teaches his college students how to save money when they have very little.

Glenn faces Louisville businessman Neville Blakemore; Daniel Grossberg, president of the Louisville Young Democrats; former Rep. Richard Henderson of Mt. Sterling; and Rep. Rick Nelson of Middlesboro in the May 19 Democratic primary.

A statewide run from Glenn could give some Democrats heartburn. The Owensboro representative has narrowly defeated GOP challengers in past election cycles and has become the target of the state GOP and pro-Republican super PACs.

Glenn says the party is prepared in the event he wins election and becomes the next state treasurer.

“I have mentioned two other people could take my position in my district,” Glenn said. “ I mentioned to the Democratic chair in Daviess County, these are good solid people, people who can run and people who can win.”


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