In a move that is both delightful and energizing a gay man twice denied a marriage license by the now infamous Kim Davis is officially running for her seat in the county clerk’s office. David Ermold made his official declaration today, as reported by WYMT.
KARMA IS A B*TCH
Kim Davis became a right-wing princess when she refused to abide by the Supreme Court’s 2015 ruling to allow gay marriage. She defied the court by refusing to sign marriage certificates for gay couples. She was arrested and spent six days in jail for doing so.
Eventually, Kentucky passed a law that bypassed Davis by no longer requiring a county clerk signature on marriage licenses at all. That wasn’t before she had denied David Ermold and his partner of 17 years, David Moore, their marriage license, however.
As a result of her defiance, her future job security is now on the line. Blue State Daily reported last month that Ermold was considering running for the seat.
“If Kim Davis was reelected in that position without an appropriate fight, I’d probably regret it for the rest of my life,” Ermold told WKU Public Radio.
David Ermold, age 43, is an assistant professor of English at the University of Pikeville. He is also a director of Morehead Pride, which is a local gay rights organization. He is running against Davis and hopes to become the next Rowan County Clerk in eastern Kentucky.
“I am running to restore the confidence of the people in our clerk’s office and because I believe that the leaders of our community should act with integrity and fairness, and they should put the needs of their constituents first,” Ermold said to The Herald Leader. “My commitment to Rowan County is to restore professional leadership, fairness, and responsibility to the clerk’s office. I will build upon the successes of the past, and I will seek solutions for the challenges we may still face.”
Ermold says that it is time to bring professionalism back to the county clerk’s office, and that starts with not hiring family members to staff the place.
The county clerk’s office has been in the hands of the same family for almost 35 years,” Ermold said. “I think there’s’ the potential they want to keep it in the family. But everyone should have a fair shot. It should not be something that’s handed down from mother to daughter and from daughter to son.”
DAVIS SHOULD BE VERY NERVOUS
If the recent win by Danica Roem in Virginia is any indication, Davis should be very nervous. Remember, Roem is an openly transgender female who unseated an ultra-conservative 13 term incumbent who called himself “chief homophobe.”
The election will be on May 22, 2018. Davis has announced her intentions to seek re-election. Davis earned her current position in 2014, after working for her mother who was county clerk for the previous 37 years.
Yeah, it’s past time someone outside that particular bloodline takes the reigns in Rowan County.
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