Louisville Democrat Neville Blakemore files for state treasurer in 2015

10/06/2014 04:41 PM

Neville Blakemore, a Louisville Democrat and executive chairman of Great Northern Building Products, has filed to run for state treasurer next year.

The Kentucky Registry of Election Finance confirmed that Blakemore filed a letter of intent to begin raising and spending more in the race. His first fundraising report will cover the last quarter of this year.

Blakemore could not be reached for comment by Pure Politics, but a campaign website with a red, white and blue campaign logo came online today. Donors can contribute $10 to $1,000 for Neville’s candidacy.

Blakemore is the third entrant in next year’s treasurer race, an open office after current Treasurer Todd Hollenbach serves his second consecutive term. Prestonsburg attorney and Republican activist Allison Ball announced her candidacy at the Jefferson-Bullitt Conservative Social in May. Democrat Daniel Grossberg, president of the Louisville Young Democrats, has also filed for the office.

While Ball is a first-time candidate, Blakemore has some experience running for office. He mounted an unsuccessful bid for Louisville Metro Council in 2006, losing to Republican incumbent Ken Fleming.

Other Democrats considering for treasurer include investment professional Chris Tobe and Bardstown business owner Dee Dee Ford.

Colmon Elridge, an aide to Gov. Steve Beshear and executive vice president of Young Democrats of America, is also mulling a run for treasurer.

Kevin Wheatley

Kevin Wheatley is a Video Journalist for Spectrum News and covers Kentucky politics and all the goings-on at the State Capitol. Kevin was born and raised in Frankfort so he grew up around politics and has always had the drive to follow the political process and hold lawmakers accountable. Before joining Spectrum News Kevin covered government and politics for The State Journal in Frankfort. You can watch Kevin’s work weeknights at 7:00 and 11:30 on Pure Politics, available exclusively on Spectrum News, HD Channels 403 and 715. You can reach him at kevin.wheatley@charter.com or 502-792-1135.


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