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Rick Nelson
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Current candidacy
Running for Kentucky Treasurer
Current office
Kentucky House of Representatives, District 87
In office
2001-Present
Term ends
January 1, 2017
Years in position 14
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$1,788.51/month
Per diem$135.30/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionMay 19, 2015
First elected2000
Next generalNovember 3, 2015
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sCumberland College, 1976
Master'sEastern Kentucky University, 1988
Personal
Date of birthJune 11, 1954
Place of birthBlack Star, Kentucky
ProfessionTeacher
ReligionBaptist
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Rick G. Nelson (b. June 11, 1954) from Middlesboro, Ky is a Democratic member of the Kentucky House of Representatives, representing District 87. He was first elected to the chamber in 2000.

Nelson is the Democratic nominee for Kentucky Treasurer in the 2015 elections. He filed to run for treasurer on November 20, 2014, and won the primary held on May 19, 2015. Nelson will face Republican nominee Allison Ball in the general election.[1][2]

Biography

Nelson's professional experience includes working as a retired teacher in the Bell County School System.

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Nelson served on the following committees:

Kentucky Committee Assignments, 2015
Education, Vice Chair
Labor and Industry, Vice Chair
Transportation
Veterans, Military Affairs and Public Safety
Education
Labor and Industry, Co-Chair
Transportation
Veterans, Military Affairs and Public Protection

2013-2014

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

Kentucky Committee Assignments, 2013
Education
Labor and Industry, Chair
Transportation
Veterans, Military Affairs and Public Safety

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Elections

2015

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

Auditor

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

Treasurer
Incumbent Todd Hollenbach (D) is term-limited


Results

Primary

Nelson defeated four other candidates in the Democratic primary held on May 19, 2015.[2]

Kentucky Treasurer Democratic Primary, 2015
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRick Nelson 27.2% 44,397
Neville Blakemore 22.4% 36,663
Richard Henderson 20.1% 32,914
Jim Glenn 19.1% 31,146
Daniel Grossberg 11.2% 18,284
Total Votes 163,404
Election Results via Kentucky State Board of Elections.

Race background

Debate over necessity of treasurer's office

Term-limited incumbent Todd Hollenbach (D) and former Republican candidate Jon Larson 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.[3]

Larson suggested 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 had an annual budget of $3 million in 2015, representing the smallest financial impact of Kentucky's constitutional offices.[3]

Efforts to abolish the treasurer's office gained momentum in recent history 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.[3]

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.

Neville Blakemore
1. Why are you qualified to be the next Treasurer of Kentucky?

As a small business owner with over two decades of management experience, I know how to balance a checkbook and lead a team—this experience is critical when it comes to balancing Kentucky’s checkbook, managing unclaimed property and maximizing the efficiency of the office.

The biggest opportunity for the next Treasurer to have an impact is through serving on seven key boards--including the Lottery, Teachers Retirement, Student Loan Corporation and State Investment Commission. These boards make real decisions about how we spend taxpayer dollars, and Kentuckians need a Treasurer to engage in these issues. My strong track record as a business leader and an active community board member gives me the tools to be a strong advocate and a fierce watchdog for Kentucky students, seniors, teachers and all taxpayers. [4]

—Email with Melanie McCormick, (2015)[5]

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

Helping stabilize the Kentucky Teachers’ Retirement System is the critical challenge facing our next Treasurer. Protecting the commitments we’ve made to retired teachers while finding a sustainable path forward requires a Treasurer with extensive experience balancing a checkbook and meeting the fiscal responsibilities of a large organization. I will fight to protect both the teachers and taxpayers as we reform the system. [4]

—Email with Melanie McCormick, (2015)[5]

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

The first priority for the Treasurer has to be managing the day to day responsibilities: balancing the checkbook and returning unclaimed property. I’ll do this in an effective, transparent way, giving Kentuckians honest answers about where their tax dollars go. The independently-elected Treasurer can and should be a watchdog and advocate on behalf of the people of Kentucky.

Next, we must find a solution to our pension problems, and this starts with finding a path forward on teachers’ retirement. The Treasurer can’t do it alone, but I will work to find a real and lasting solution—and as an independently elected official, I’ll use the independent office and independent platform to bring people together and take action. [4]

—Email with Melanie McCormick, (2015)[5]

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

As your next Treasurer, I will certainly use technology to streamline the day-to-day duties of the office. More importantly, technology today can be used to enhance public awareness and ensure transparency. We should invest in fraud protection software and real time, public, online access to Kentucky’s checkbook so we can hold our leaders accountable for their spending decisions. [4]

—Email with Melanie McCormick, (2015)[5]

Richard Henderson
1. Why are you qualified to be the next Treasurer of Kentucky?

I was mayor of Jeffersonville from 2003-2007. As mayor, I managed a $2 million dollar budget that included the water company, parks system, road system, senior citizens and economic development. I served as state representative from the 74th district including Montgomery, Powell and Wolfe counties from 2007-2014. I served on:

[4]

—Email with Richard Henderson, (2015)[6]

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

There are three very important issues facing the next state treasurer: Accountability of monies spent, serving on all boards looking out for the stakeholders and citizens first. [4]

—Email with Richard Henderson, (2015)[6]

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

My plan is to set up permanent regional volunteer offices for unclaimed property and also add updated quarterly printouts of unclaimed property to send out to county office holders, city officials, state representatives, senators, civic groups and community activists in hopes of returning most if not all property to our citizens of this great commonwealth. [4]

—Email with Richard Henderson, (2015)[6]

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

The office of state treasurer should never be eliminated. This office gives a separation of powers within the executive branch of state government. If it is abolished then it would become a governor appointed position. Therefore not saving any money. It could also allow the unclaimed property be swept up by the executive or legislative budgets and used to fill in shortfalls in revenue instead of being returned to its rightful owners. Your future treasurer should fight for this position to remain a constitutional office. [4]

—Email with Richard Henderson, (2015)[6]

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. [4]

—Email with Kenny Imes, (2015)[7]

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. [4]

—Email with Kenny Imes, (2015)[7]

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. [4]

—Email with Kenny Imes, (2015)[7]

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. [4]

—Email with Kenny Imes, (2015)[7]

Rick Nelson
1. Why are you qualified to be the next Treasurer of Kentucky?

I believe I am the most qualified because of my 15 year general assembly experience. Every two years we vote on multi-billion dollar budgets, and my 29 year career as a public school teacher gives me the experience to be able to manage employees and planning. [4]

—Email with Rick Nelson, (2015)[8]

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

The treasurer sits on the Kentucky Teachers Retirement Board that represents over 165,000 active and retired teachers. The system is now at 53% funded. Work needs to be done to address that situation. [4]

—Email with Rick Nelson, (2015)[8]

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

Make sure that the office spends its budget wisely. I also plan on visiting each Kentucky high school to teach classes on financial literacy, which the treasurer office is responsible for. [4]

—Email with Rick Nelson, (2015)[8]

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

It would be a bad idea. If the governor appointed the treasurer they could order them to do as that governor wanted concerning money matters. The treasurer needs to be independent to be a watchdog for the taxpayers. [4]

—Email with Rick Nelson, (2015)[8]

Polls

Republican primary

Kentucky Treasurer, Republican Primary
Poll Allison Ball (R) Jon Larson (R)Kenny Imes (R)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Triumph Campaigns
March 24, 2015
16.7%10.9%6.7%62.7%+/-4601
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.

Hypothetical match-ups

Kentucky Treasurer, Ball v. Nelson
Poll Rick Nelson (D) Allison Ball (R)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Gravis Marketing
January 5-6, 2015
32%34%35%+/-4608
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.

Campaign finance

First quarter report (2015)
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 total of $310,779.34 and spent a total of $140,706.65 during this reporting period. This information was last updated on May 5, 2015.[9]

Campaign Contributions and Expenditures
Candidate Office Beginning balance Contributions Expenditures Ending balance
Neville Blakemore Democratic Party Kentucky Treasurer $195,315.84 $136,056.50 $92,991.29 $238,381.05
James Glenn, Jr. Democratic Party Kentucky Treasurer $0 $70,751.42 $11,687.58 $59,063.84
Kenny Imes Republican Party Kentucky Treasurer $0 $47,345.42 $8,757.48 $38,587.94
Allison Ball Republican Party Kentucky Treasurer $17,071.16 $23,330.00 $8,896.64 $31,504.52
Daniel Grossberg Democratic Party Kentucky Treasurer $1,872.61 $20,311.00 $12,733.00 $9,450.61
Jon Larson Republican Party Kentucky Treasurer $0 $6,450.00 $431.00 $6,019.00
Richard Henderson Democratic Party Kentucky Treasurer $0 $4,035.00 $2,813.95 $1,221.05
Rick Nelson Democratic Party Kentucky Treasurer $0 $2,500.00 $2,395.71 $104.29
Grand Total Raised $310,779.34
Grand Total Spent $140,706.65

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 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.[10]

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
Allison Ball Republican Party Kentucky Treasurer $17,682.31 $1,600 $2,210.55 $17,071.76
Daniel Grossberg Democratic Party Kentucky Treasurer $0 $2,000 $352.96 $1,647.04
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

2014

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 Rick Nelson ran unopposed in the Democratic primary and was unchallenged in the general election.[11][12][13]

2012

See also: Kentucky House of Representatives elections, 2012

Nelson won re-election in the 2012 election for Kentucky House of Representatives District 87. He ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on May 22, 2012, and defeated Joshua D. Howard (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[14][15]

Kentucky House of Representatives, District 87, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRick Nelson Incumbent 69.6% 8,860
     Republican Joshua Howard 30.4% 3,875
Total Votes 12,735

2010

See also: Kentucky House of Representatives elections, 2010

Nelson's opponent in the November 2 general election was Republican candidate Barry Carnes. According to official results, Nelson defeated Carnes by a margin of 9,202 to 2,669.[16]

Kentucky House of Representatives, District 87 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Rick Nelson (D) 9,202
Barry Carnes (R) 2,669

Nelson ran unopposed in the May 18 Democratic primary election.

2008

On November 4, 2008, Nelson was re-elected to the 87th District Seat in the Kentucky House of Representatives with no opposition.[17] He raised $13,235 for his campaign.[18]

Kentucky House of Representatives, District 87 (2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.pngRick Nelson (D) 9,334 100%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Nelson is available dating back to 1998. Based on available campaign finance records, Nelson raised a total of $289,106 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 19, 2013.[19]

Rick Nelson's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Kentucky State House, District 87 Won $116,295
2010 Kentucky State House, District 87 Won $39,676
2008 Kentucky State House, District 87 Won $13,235
2006 Kentucky State House, District 87 Won $54,275
2004 Kentucky State House, District 87 Won $7,191
2002 Kentucky State House, District 87 Won $32,778
2000 Kentucky State House, District 87 Won $24,076
1998 Kentucky State House, District 87 Defeated $1,580
Grand Total Raised $289,106

2012

Nelson won re-election to the Kentucky House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Nelson raised a total of $116,295.

2010

Nelson won re-election to the Kentucky House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Nelson raised a total of $39,676.

2008

Nelson won re-election to the Kentucky House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Nelson raised a total of $13,235.

2006

Nelson won re-election to the Kentucky House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Nelson raised a total of $54,275.

2004

Nelson won re-election to the Kentucky House of Representatives in 2004. During that election cycle, Nelson raised a total of $7,191.

2002

Nelson won re-election to the Kentucky House of Representatives in 2002. During that election cycle, Nelson raised a total of $32,778.

2000

Nelson won election to the Kentucky House of Representatives in 2000. During that election cycle, Nelson raised a total of $24,076.

1998

Nelson lost the election for the Kentucky House of Representatives in 1998. During that election cycle, Nelson raised a total of $1,580.

Personal

Nelson and his wife, Inetta, have one child.[20] He is a member of Gideons International, Kentucky Education Association, National Rifle Association (NRA), and the West Cumberland Avenue Baptist Church.[21]

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References

  1. Kentucky Secretary of State, "Information for Rick Nelson, Candidate for State Treasurer," November 20, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 Kentucky State Board of Election, "Statewide results," accessed May 20, 2015
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Lexington Herald-Leader, "Kentucky state treasurer defends the office; candidate says it should be abolished," February 7, 2015
  4. 4.00 4.01 4.02 4.03 4.04 4.05 4.06 4.07 4.08 4.09 4.10 4.11 4.12 4.13 4.14 4.15 Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Responses to survey sent to Ballotpedia by Melanie McCormick on April 29, 2015.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Responses to survey sent to Ballotpedia by Richard Henderson on April 27, 2015.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 Responses to survey sent to Ballotpedia by Kenny Imes on March 4, 2015.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 Responses to survey sent to Ballotpedia by Rick Nelson on April 17, 2015.
  9. Kentucky Registry of Election Finance, "Candidate Search Results," accessed January 25, 2015
  10. Kentucky Registry of Election Finance, "Candidate Search Results," accessed January 25, 2015
  11. Kentucky Secretary of State, "Candidate Filings with the Office of the Secretary of State," accessed October 29, 2014
  12. Kentucky Secretary of State, "Official 2014 Primary Election Results," accessed October 29, 2014
  13. Kentucky Secretary of State, "Official 2014 General Election Results," accessed December 5, 2014
  14. Kentucky Secretary of State, "Official 2012 Primary Election Results," accessed March 13, 2014
  15. Kentucky Secretary of State, "Official 2012 General Election Results," accessed March 13, 2014
  16. Kentucky State Board of Elections, "Statewide Results - 2010 General Election," accessed March 13, 2014
  17. Kentucky State Board of Elections, "Report of 'Official' Election Night Tally Results," November 26, 2008
  18. Follow the Money, "General Election Results," accessed March 13, 2014
  19. followthemoney.org, "Nelson, Rick G," accessed June 19, 2013
  20. Project Vote Smart, "Biography," accessed June 2, 2014
  21. Project Vote Smart - Rep. Nelson
Political offices
Preceded by
J.C. "Bo" Ausmus III
Kentucky House of Representatives District 87
2001–present
Succeeded by
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