Jon Larson running for treasurer to abolish office; unsure if he would reject $115K salary if elected

03/16/2015 08:21 PM

Calling himself an abolitionist, Jon Larson is seeking to shutter the office of state treasurer by being elected to serve in the post.

“It won’t get done if anyone else is elected,” he said in an interview Monday with Pure Politics.

Larson — a former Fayette County judge-executive of four years, a position he also tried to abolish — is running in the three-way GOP primary for state treasurer.

If elected Larson said he would lobby the General Assembly to pass a constitutional amendment moving the duties of the office, which he says are largely out-of-date, to the Finance and Administration Cabinet.

A constitutional amendment requires three-fifths majorities in both legislative chambers and ratification of voters in an even-year election.

The 69-year-old Larson, a Lexington attorney, said the move to abolish the constitutional office would save money, but he is still undecided if he will take the $115,594 yearly salary if elected.

“My wife and I are debating that issue right now,” he said (6:50 in the interview).

In the interview Larson said the treasurer is an antiquated position, but when asked again about the salary, he said he’s unsure “how much time it takes” to run the treasurer’s office (8:20 in the interview below).

Senate Republicans passed a measure pushed by Sen. Chris McDaniel, R-Taylor Mill, to abolish the office in 2014.

About Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics, the only nightly program dedicated to Kentucky politics. Nick covers all of the political heavyweights and his investigative work brings to light issues that might otherwise go unnoticed, like the connection between the high profile Steubenville, Ohio rape and a Kentucky hacker whose push for further investigation could put him in federal prison. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Follow Nick on Twitter @NickStorm_cn2. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or nicholas.storm@charter.com.

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