This OTYCD entry originally posted in January 2018.
Support David Ermold, who was denied a marriage license by Kentucky County Clerk Kim Davis in 2015, and is running against her in 2018 for her job.
Ermold and his then-fiance, David Moore, visited the Rowan County Clerk’s office in 2015 seeking a marriage license after the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that same-sex unions were legal. Davis denied the men the license (she was denying them to every couple at that point, regardless), citing “God’s authority.”
Ermold and others sued Davis. He and Moore eventually got their marriage license; Davis got five days in jail for contempt of court, as well as international publicity. After the state modified marriage licenses to exclude the name of the issuing clerk, Davis considered herself satisfied.
The Rowan County Clerk serves a four-year term. 2018 marks the first time Davis will run after having refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
Ermold is not the only one running for the County Clerk post. Elwood Caudill Jr., a Democrat who lost to Davis in 2014 by just 23 votes, is in the race, too, as are two other Democrats. (Davis ran as a Democrat then, but switched her affiliation to Republican after Kentucky’s Democratic governor declined to issue an executive order to leave clerks’ names off of marriage licenses.)
Despite accusations from opponents, Ermold is not a single-issue candidate. He is just as concerned about the Davis family’s apparent entrenchment in the Rowan County Clerk’s office. Davis’s mother held the clerk post before retiring in time for her daughter to run in 2014. The two women worked alongside each other for many years prior to that election, and Davis’s son works alongside her now.
Ermold is a 14-year resident of Morehead, Kentucky, and is a founding member and leader in Morehead Pride, a local LGBT-rights group.
On his campaign site, he stresses that if he wins the post, he will “make sure that all citizens seeking out services will be treated with dignity and respect, and I will make every effort to deliver an efficient, professional experience to everyone… I will listen to the needs of our citizens in regards to the services that the clerk’s office offers, and I will create a positive environment where those needs can be met,” and adds that he “will act responsibly with taxpayer money, and I will seek out ways to be cost efficient and avoid unnecessary expenses. I will continually look at ways to modernize the current processes in place to create a more convenient experience, and I will keep accurate records of all transactions.”
Ermold created a heck of a photo-op on December 6, 2017, when he filed to run for Rowan County Clerk. He filled out the paperwork as Davis, his future opponent, watched.
To her credit, she was almost perfectly courteous to him, shaking his hand and telling him, “May the best candidate win.”
Please do what you can to make that happen.
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Read news stories about Ermold applying to run against Davis for County Clerk–paperwork that she had to sign and accept in his presence:
http://time.com/5053731/david-ermold-kim-davis-county-clerk/. (This article explains why Davis switched her affiliation to Republican, and it describes the scene of Ermold filling out the paperwork as Davis watched.)
The Wikipedia entry on Kim Davis gives the results for the 2014 Rowan County Clerk primary and the general election: