On Wednesday, David Ermold, a man who was denied a same-sex marriage license by Kim Davis in 2015, announced he will run against Davis in 2018.
Ermold, who teaches English at the University of Pikeville and directs a local gay rights organization, revealed he would run for the clerk seat.
He stated, “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.”
He continued,“I will build upon the successes of the past, and I will seek solutions for the challenges we may still face.”
Continued below ad>>>
In 2015, Kim Davis, originally a Democrat, first made headlines when she denied same-sex marriages. She had gone to jail for five days for refusing to issue same-sex marriage certificates. This happened after the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage nationwide. After this controversy, Davis switched parties to become a Republican.
Last month, Davis announced she will seek reelection.
Davis had even traveled to Romania to urge the country to ban same-sex marriages.
There are three other Democrats including Ermold who are expected to challenge Davis for the seat.
The election is expected to be held on May 22, 2018.
It's official. I'm in! I am proud to announce my entrance into the race for Rowan County Clerk! I am running to restore…
**Note: All of our articles have hyperlinks to verifiable sources unless we’re providing audio/video evidence. We’re committed to fighting fake news. Never trust publications that don’t use hyperlinks or other evidence**