Rep. Rick Nelson announces a run for Treasurer in 2015

12/02/2014 02:51 PM

Democratic state Rep. Rick Nelson of Middlesboro announced Tuesday that he will run for state treasurer in 2015.

Nelson, who has served in the legislature since being elected in 2001, becomes the second Democrat to announce intentions for the race to replace term limited Treasurer Todd Hollenbach. Louisville Democrat Neville Blakemore announced his run in October.

According to the secretary of state’s website, Nelson filed to run for the office Nov. 20. In a release about his decision Tuesday, the retired teacher cited his work in the classroom and the legislature as qualifying factors because of the boards the office holder sits on.

“The State Treasurer serves as a member of the board of directors for the Kentucky Teachers’ Retirement System, overseeing the pensions and savings of our teachers, which I believe is one of the most important functions of this office,” Nelson said in a statement.

Nelson also noted his position as chair of the House Labor and Industry Committee as another qualifying factor for him in the position.

Republican Allison Ball is the only GOP candidate to announce a run for the office. Other names being mentioned for the office include Democrats Chris Tobe and 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 the statewide office.

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