In 2015, David Ermold wished a wedding license, however was denied by his county clerk, Kim Davis. Now he desires her job.
Two years after Ms. Davis introduced nationwide consideration to her nook of northeast Kentucky by refusing to challenge licenses to homosexual , in defiance of the Supreme Courtroom, Mr. Ermold says it’s time for brand spanking new management.
“I imagine that the leaders of our group ought to put the wants of their constituents first and needs to be an instance of integrity and equity,” he stated in a Fb publish on Wednesday saying his candidacy for Rowan County clerk.
He has obtained a substantial amount of consideration since then. He appeared on MSNBC on Thursday, Ellen DeGeneres described him “as superior” on Twitter, and the comic Patton Oswalt requested how he may assist.
Whereas his marketing campaign web site makes no direct point out of Ms. Davis, it does state that the time has come to “restore accountable management” to the place she holds.
In June 2015, the Supreme Courtroom issued its historic ruling guaranteeing same-sex marriage rights nationwide, and Ms. Davis and another clerks all through the nation refused to conform on spiritual grounds.
On Sept. 1 of that 12 months, Mr. Ermold, his accomplice and one other homosexual couple walked into Ms. Davis’s workplace adopted by a throng of reporters and protesters. There, they engaged in a testy trade with Ms. Davis.
“Beneath whose authority are you not issuing licenses?” Mr. Ermold requested.
“Beneath God’s authority,” she stated.
Ms. Davis made her case in court docket and spent a number of nights in jail for ignoring a choose’s orders. She was finally let loose when a choose ordered her deputies to challenge licenses with out her approval.
Ms. Davis had taken workplace that January, succeeding her mom, who had served within the function for 37 years. She ran as a Democrat, however switched events shortly after the fracas. The state ultimately dropped the names of county clerks from marriage licenses, as Ms. Davis requested.
Mr. Ermold, who has since married his accomplice, filed his paperwork to run to Ms. Davis herself on Wednesday, in keeping with The Related Press, which described the encounter as cordial. When all was stated and finished, they shook fingers and Ms. Davis stated, “might the very best candidate win.”
Mr. Ermold has lived in Morehead, Ky., for 14 years, in keeping with his marketing campaign biography. He earned two grasp’s levels from Morehead State College and is an English professor on the College of Pikeville.
If elected, he plans to “restore skilled management, equity and duty to the workplace,” he stated on the web site.
Neither Mr. Ermold nor Ms. Davis could possibly be reached for remark.
Whereas Mr. Ermold might have garnered essentially the most consideration of any contender for Ms. Davis’s job, not less than three others have filed to run in opposition to her, in keeping with The Related Press.
The county clerk is chargeable for recording and preserving varied authorized data, sustaining voter rolls and conducting elections, amongst different duties.