Richard Henderson

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Richard Henderson
Candidate for
Kentucky Treasurer
Elections and appointments
Next primaryMay 19, 2015
Next generalNovember 3, 2015
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Kentucky House of Representatives District 74
2007 - 2015
Date of birthMarch 15, 1971
ProfessionBusiness owner
Campaign website
Richard Henderson (b. March 15, 1971) is a Democratic candidate for Kentucky Treasurer. He filed his candidacy on January 16, 2015.[1]

He is a former Democratic member of the Kentucky House of Representatives, representing District 74. Henderson was first elected to the chamber in 2006. He served as Mayor of the city of Jeffersonville.


Henderson's professional experience includes co-ownership of C&H Block and Concrete.[2]

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Henderson served on the following committees:

Kentucky Committee Assignments, 2013
Agriculture and Small Business, Vice chair
Appropriations and Revenue
Labor and Industry
Local Government


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Henderson served on the following committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Henderson served on the following committees:



See also: Kentucky Treasurer election, 2015

Seven state executive offices in Kentucky are up for election in 2015. The general election will be held on November 3, 2015, following a primary election on May 19, 2015. The following sections summarize filed candidates running for each state executive office on the ballot:

Governor/Lieutenant Governor
Incumbents Steve Beshear (D) and Crit Luallen (D) are not running for re-election.

Attorney General
Incumbent Jack Conway (D) is seeking election as governor

Secretary of State


Commissioner of Agriculture
Incumbent James Comer, Jr. (R) is seeking election as governor

Incumbent Todd Hollenbach (D) is term-limited

Campaign themes

Henderson is running on the following themes, according to his campaign website:

If elected Treasurer, Richard Henderson plans to stay true to his simple upbringing and blue collar background by teaching Kentuckians the importance of a fair and honest dollar. He plans to support financial literacy education by working to create a treasury to high school financial literacy program.

Richard is dedicated to the citizens of Kentucky and the stability of the state as a whole. That's why he plans to look out for the best interests of retirees, working men and women & all Kentuckians while serving on various boards. He will work tirelessly to search for and return as much unclaimed property to the people as possible. Richard considers all Kentuckians to be members of his big family, so he will continue to protect our citizens first and search for federal money that can enhance our communities here in Kentucky.

Richard believes in supporting our veterans and will use the position of state treasurer to focus on helping our homeless veterans. He will lobby to establish a program to create a state homeless veteran database and a statewide homeless veteran outreach program. [3]

—Richard Henderson's campaign website, (2015) [4]

Race background

Debate over necessity of treasurer's office

Term-limited incumbent Todd Hollenbach (D) and Republican candidate Jon Larson have sparred in public about the role of the treasurer's office in Kentucky. Hollenbach has argued that his office saved taxpayers $103.2 million over the past eight years through the state's investment commission and generated $86 million per year through involvement on the state's lottery board. He also pointed to the office's role in reconnecting unclaimed property with rightful owners in all 120 counties in Kentucky through public events.[5]

Larson suggests that the treasurer's duties could be transferred to the Kentucky Finance and Administration Cabinet, which already handles accounting of some state dollars. He countered Hollenbach's arguments about savings and revenue generation by noting that the cabinet could appoint other officials to these boards at lower costs. The treasurer's office has an annual budget of $3 million, representing the smallest financial impact of Kentucky's constitutional offices.[5]

Efforts to abolish the treasurer's office have gained momentum in the past decade with Republicans in the state Senate running into opposition for constitutional changes from the Democratic-led state House. Melinda Wheeler, the 2007 Republican candidate for treasurer, lost to Hollenbach by 15 percent while campaigning on abolition of the office. Larson previously sought to abolish the Fayette County judge executive's office, where he served from 2010 to 2014.[5]

Candidate survey

Ballotpedia sent a four-question survey to all filed candidates for the treasurer's election in 2015. This section gathers responses by candidates as they are submitted to the website.

Kenny Imes
1. Why are you qualified to be the next Treasurer of Kentucky?

I feel that I am the most qualified candidate for state Treasurer by virtue of both my integrity, experience and common sense in private business, public administration and legislative experience. I have owned and operated seven private companies and supervised and employed over 150 people. As a state cabinet deputy secretary and Commissioner I have supervised over 2,000 state employees and 11 divisions while at the same time basically serving as a CEO, a CFO and CAO of the cabinet all uniquely qualifying me to serve as the Commonwealth's Treasurer. In every instance the budget was balanced and the businesses were profitable. [3]

—Email with Kenny Imes, (2015)[6]

2. What is the most important issue facing the next Treasurer of Kentucky?

There are really two important issues facing the next state Treasurer. One is the constitutional obligation to be the public's 'watchdog' over the state's treasury. The Treasurer should be constantly vigilant on behalf of the taxpayer and do everything in the power of the office to be as transparent and see that the public has eyes on where every tax dollar is spent. Second, the state Treasurer sits on the investment boards for all the state sponsored and backed pension systems. It is imperative that the Treasurer take an active role of leadership in that capacity and in concert with the General Assembly and the Finance Cabinet make much wiser investment decisions based on sound judgement, experience and common financial sense. [3]

—Email with Kenny Imes, (2015)[6]

3. If elected, what do you hope to accomplish during your first term in office?

First of all I would show up for work and not be trying to use the office for political ladder climbing. I would bring 40+ years of private, public and legislative experience to the office for the benefit of all the citizens and taxpayers of Kentucky and provide a level of openness and transparency that has been so lacking heretofore. I will especially view with a critical eye the warrants issued for state checks especially those of a 'no-bid' or personal service contract nature. [3]

—Email with Kenny Imes, (2015)[6]

4. Where do you stand on proposals to eliminate the treasurer's office?

I am completely opposed to any and all efforts to abolish the office is state Treasurer. The Treasurer was put into the state's Constitution as the public's safeguard and watchdog over the public's monies and treasurey. The functions of the office would still have to be done and I can't foresee any savings in dollars or staffing requirements. I truly believe it is the public's best interest to have an elected Treasurer that keeps a check and balance within the Executive officers of the Commonwealth. The potential for abuse or corruption would be astronomically higher if the Treasurer's duties were placed under an appointee who would serve at the pleasure of a Governor rather than elected by the public. I really believe it is in the public interest that the Treasurer write the Governor's paycheck rather than the Governor's writing the Treasurer's paycheck. [3]

—Email with Kenny Imes, (2015)[6]

Campaign finance

Fourth quarter report (2014)
Comprehensive donor information for this election has been collected from the state's campaign finance authority. Based on available campaign finance records, the candidates raised a raised a total of $207,835.03 and spent a total of $11,482.7 during this reporting period. This information was last updated on January 25, 2015.[7]

Campaign Contributions and Expenditures
Candidate Office Beginning balance Contributions Expenditures Ending balance
Neville Blakemore Democratic Party Kentucky Treasurer $0 $204,235.03 $8,919.19 $195,315.84
Daniel Grossberg Democratic Party Kentucky Treasurer $0 $2,000 $352.96 $1,647.04
Allison Ball Republican Party Kentucky Treasurer $17,682.31 $1,600 $2,210.55 $17,071.76
Richard Henderson Democratic Party Kentucky Treasurer $0 $0 $0 $0
James Glenn, Jr. Democratic Party Kentucky Treasurer $0 $0 $0 $0
Kenny Imes Republican Party Kentucky Treasurer $0 $0 $0 $0
Jon Larson Republican Party Kentucky Treasurer $0 $0 $0 $0
Rick Nelson Democratic Party Kentucky Treasurer $0 $0 $0 $0
Grand Total Raised $207,835.03
Grand Total Spent $11,482.7


See also: Kentucky House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Kentucky House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on May 20, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was January 28, 2014. Incumbent Richard Henderson ran unopposed in the Democratic primary, while David Hale defeated Woody Wells in the Republican primary. Hale defeated Henderson in the general election.[8][9][10]

Kentucky House of Representatives, District 74 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Hale 52.8% 8,346
     Democratic Richard Henderson Incumbent 47.2% 7,453
Total Votes 15,799


See also: Kentucky House of Representatives elections, 2012

Henderson won re-election in the 2012 election for Kentucky House of Representatives District 74. He ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on May 22, 2012, and was unopposed in the general election on November 6, 2012.[11][12]


See also: Kentucky House of Representatives elections, 2010

Henderson ran for re-election to the 74th District seat against Jeff Moore (R). In the May 18th primary election, Henderson defeated Democratic primary opponent James Davis by a margin of 6,007 to 5,127. The general election took place on November 2, 2010.

Kentucky House of Representatives, District 74 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Richard Henderson (D) 8,223
Jeff Moore (R) 4,719


On November 4, 2008, Henderson was re-elected to the 74th District Seat in the Kentucky House of Representatives, defeating Woody Wells, Jr.(R).[13] Henderson raised $83,130 for his campaign, while Wells raised $0.[14]

Kentucky House of Representatives, District 74 (2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.pngRichard Henderson (D) 11,994 73.0%
Woody Wells, Jr. (R) 4,444 27.0%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Henderson is available dating back to 2006. Based on available campaign finance records, Henderson raised a total of $226,064 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 19, 2013.[15]

Richard Henderson's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Kentucky State House, District 74 Won $26,206
2010 Kentucky State House, District 74 Won $65,538
2008 Kentucky State House, District 74 Won $83,130
2006 Kentucky State House, District 74 Won $51,190
Grand Total Raised $226,064


Henderson won re-election to the Kentucky House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Henderson raised a total of $26,206.


Henderson won re-election to the Kentucky House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Henderson raised a total of $65,538.


Henderson won re-election to the Kentucky House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Henderson raised a total of $83.


Henderson won election to the Kentucky House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Henderson raised a total of $51,190.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Adrian K. Arnold
Kentucky House of Representatives District 74
Succeeded by
David Hale (R)