Geoff Young

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Geoff Young
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Candidate for
Governor of Kentucky
PartyDemocratic
Elections and appointments
Last electionMay 20, 2014
Next primaryMay 19, 2015
Next generalNovember 3, 2015
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sMassachusetts Institute of Technology
Master'sUniversity of Massachusetts-Amherst
OtherUniversity of Kentucky (Masters)
Websites
Campaign website
Geoff Young is a Democratic candidate for Governor of Kentucky in the 2015 election. He announced plans for a gubernatorial run along with lieutenant gubernatorial candidate Cherokee Schill to replace term-limited Gov. Steve Beshear (D).[1] At the filing deadline on January 27, Young selected Jonathan Masters as a replacement running mate as Schill withdrew from the election.[2]

He was a Democratic candidate for the United States House of Representatives in the 2014 elections. He ran in the 6th Congressional District of Kentucky. He was defeated by Elisabeth Jensen in the Democratic primary on May 20, 2014.[3]

He was a 2012 Green Party candidate for District 45 of the Kentucky House of Representatives.

Biography

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Young worked as an assistant director of the Kentucky Division of Energy from 1992 to 2005.[4]

Education

  • B.S., economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1977)
  • Masters, mechanical engineering, University of Massachusetts-Amherst (1981)
  • Masters, agricultural economics, University of Kentucky (1988)

Elections

2015

See also: Kentucky gubernatorial and lieutenant gubernatorial 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

Note: Ballotpedia will update primary results for this election on the evening of May 19, 2015.

Governor and Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky Democratic Primary, 2015
Candidate Vote % Votes
Total Votes 0
Election Results via [].

Campaign themes

Young noted in announcing his campaign that, "We both have highly developed BS detectors, and we will fearlessly use them against any politician who tries to deceive the people of Kentucky."[1] He filed candidacy papers with the Kentucky Secretary of State on December 1, 2014.[5]

Race background

PAC influence in Republican primary

Two political action committees (PACs) have formed in Kentucky for the 2015 gubernatorial race with the goal of introducing more campaign dollars to a state where individual donors are limited to $1,000 contributions per candidate.[6] The Bluegrass Action Fund filed papers with the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance on March 18, with plans to support Republican Hal Heiner, who spent $4.2 million of his own money by mid-March. The new PAC has ties to conservative billionaires Charles and David Koch as well as Aegis Strategic, a political consulting firm trying to identify and support electable conservatives to political offices.[7]

Another newly formed PAC, Kentuckians for Growth, Opportunity and Prosperity, plans to support state Agriculture Commissioner James Comer, Jr. in his bid for the Republican gubernatorial nomination. As of March 2015, the PAC had spent $22,000 on airtime for campaign ads in Bowling Green, Owensboro, Evansville and Somerset. “We need a bold leader like James Comer, a conservative Republican with experience trimming government fat and increasing economic growth,” a male narrator says in the 30-second spot.[8][9]

Legal troubles for Johnathan Masters

Democratic lieutenant gubernatorial candidate Johnathan Masters faces charges in Jefferson and Breckinridge counties after altercations with school officials in 2014. Masters, who is running with gubernatorial candidate Geoff Young, is accused of verbally harassing Spalding University Associate Dean Elizabeth Lodge Rogers after the university removed him from a graduate teaching program. In an interview with The Courier-Journal, Masters did not deny contacting Rogers or producing a video criticizing the school but argued that they committed a "breach of contract" by kicking him out of school. The paper reported that Masters's voice mails to Rogers indicated that he was removed from the school due to clashes with the teaching program's administrator.[10]

On February 11, 2015, Jefferson District Judge Sean Delahanty detailed the Breckenridge County warrant during a pretrial hearing not attended by Masters. This warrant detailed a December 2014 altercation between Masters and Keith Haynes, a principal in Cloverport Independent School District. Masters wanted to interview students about democracy as part of a graduate project but Haynes refused because Masters had not gone through a background check. According to the warrant, Masters used curse words and threatened violence against Haynes. Masters refuted this story and Breckinridge County officials did not confirm the warrant.[10]

Young says that he stands behind Masters despite recent allegations and past charges of harassment, domestic violence and possession of drug paraphernalia. He told The Courier-Journal that Masters is more principled than leading Democratic candidate Jack Conway because Conway supported the 2003 Iraq War. If Masters drops out of the race, Young cannot select a replacement and would need to withdraw from the election.[10]

Arrest for overdue library book

On March 12, Masters was briefly detained by a state trooper due to a misdemeanor theft charge dating back to 2004. Masters was informed of an outstanding warrant during a traffic stop for expired license tags. The charge stemmed from Masters's failure to return a library book in Kenton County, which led to a warrant for "theft by failure to make required disposition of property." Masters was held for three hours before he posted bond with an arraignment scheduled for March 30.[11] During an interview with Fox News, Masters criticized the state justice system as "the 'Injustice System'" and said that he will request a jury trial.[12]

Polls

Democratic primary

Governor of Kentucky, Democratic primary
Poll Jack Conway Geoff YoungUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Harper Polling
January 28-31, 2015
59%13%28%+/-6.14255
Bluegrass Poll
March 3-8, 2015
61%12%27%+/-3.9640
AVERAGES 60% 12.5% 27.5% +/-5.02 447.5
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.

Republican primary

Governor of Kentucky, Republican primary
Poll James Comer, Jr. Matt BevinHal HeinerWill T. ScottUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Remington Research Group
January 27-28, 2015
22%19%18%5%35%+/-31,066
Harper Polling
January 28-31, 2015
25%18%19%9%30%+/-6.07261
Bluegrass Poll
March 3-8, 2015
20%20%28%8%25%+/-4.4520
Bluegrass Poll
March 26, 2015
19%12%33%3%29%+/-4601
AVERAGES 21.5% 17.25% 24.5% 6.25% 29.75% +/-4.37 612
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

Governor of Kentucky, Conway v. Bevin
Poll Jack Conway (D) Matt Bevin (R)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Harper Polling
January 28-29, 2015
45%41%14%+/-3.87640
Bluegrass Poll
March 3-8, 2015
42%36%22%+/-2.31,917
AVERAGES 43.5% 38.5% 18% +/-3.09 1,278.5
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.


Governor of Kentucky, Conway v. Comer
Poll Jack Conway (D) James Comer, Jr. (R)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Gravis Marketing
January 5-6, 2015
40%37%23%+/-4608
Harper Polling
January 28-29, 2015
41%45%14%+/-3.87640
Bluegrass Poll
March 3-8, 2015
40%38%22%+/-2.31,917
AVERAGES 40.33% 40% 19.67% +/-3.39 1,055
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.


Governor of Kentucky, Conway v. Heiner
Poll Jack Conway (D) Hal Heiner (R)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Gravis Marketing
January 5-6, 2015
43%34%22%+/-4608
Harper Polling
January 28-29, 2015
42%44%14%+/-3.87640
Bluegrass Poll
March 3-8, 2015
41%38%21%+/-2.31,917
AVERAGES 42% 38.67% 19% +/-3.39 1,055
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.


Governor of Kentucky, Conway v. Scott
Poll Jack Conway (D) Will T. Scott (R)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Harper Polling
January 28-29, 2015
44%40%16%+/-3.87640
Bluegrass Poll
March 3-8, 2015
43%33%24%+/-2.31,917
AVERAGES 43.5% 36.5% 20% +/-3.09 1,278.5
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 $3,712,481 and spent a total of $5,132,368.71 during this reporting period. This information was last updated on April 24, 2015.[13]

Campaign Contributions and Expenditures
Candidate Office Beginning balance Contributions Expenditures Ending balance
Jack Conway/Sannie Overly Democratic Party Kentucky Governor/Lieutenant Governor $951,795.60 $872,346.75 $410,248.42 $1,413,893.93
James Comer, Jr./Chris McDaniel Republican Party Kentucky Governor/Lieutenant Governor $873,474.86 $1,013,831.02 $848,860.07 $1,038,445.81
Hal Heiner/K.C. Crosbie Republican Party Kentucky Governor/Lieutenant Governor $3,467,422.17 $278,101.97 $2,727,925.03 $1,017,599.11
Matt Bevin/Jenean Hampton Republican Party Kentucky Governor/Lieutenant Governor $0 $1,322,717.02 $1,036,516.47 $286,200.55
Will T. Scott/Rodney Coffey Republican Party Kentucky Governor/Lieutenant Governor $0 $195,330.00 $83,153.78 $112,176.22
Drew Curtis/Heather Curtis Independent Kentucky Governor/Lieutenant Governor $0 $30,154.24 $25,664.94 $4,489.30
Geoff Young/Jonathan Masters Democratic Party Kentucky Governor/Lieutenant Governor $0 $0 $0 $0
Grand Total Raised $3,712,481
Grand Total Spent $5,132,368.71

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 $880,190.47 and spent a total of $545,733.73 during this reporting period. This information was last updated on February 3, 2015.[14]

Campaign Contributions and Expenditures
Candidate Office Beginning balance Contributions Expenditures Ending balance
James Comer, Jr./Chris McDaniel Republican Party Kentucky Governor/Lieutenant Governor $477,656.47 $548,043.60 $152,225.21 $873,474.86
Jack Conway/Sannie Overly Democratic Party Kentucky Governor/Lieutenant Governor $978,044.51 $176,042 $202,290.91 $951,795.60
Hal Heiner/K.C. Crosbie Republican Party Kentucky Governor/Lieutenant Governor $3,502,534.91 $156,104.87 $191,217.61 $3,467,422.17
Matt Bevin/Jenean Hampton Republican Party Kentucky Governor/Lieutenant Governor $0 $0 $0 $0
Drew Curtis/Heather Curtis Independent Kentucky Governor/Lieutenant Governor $0 $0 $0 $0
Will T. Scott/Rodney Coffey Republican Party Kentucky Governor/Lieutenant Governor $0 $0 $0 $0
Geoff Young/Johnathan Masters Democratic Party Kentucky Governor/Lieutenant Governor $0 $0 $0 $0
Grand Total Raised $880,190.47
Grand Total Spent $545,733.73

2014

See also: Kentucky's 6th Congressional District elections, 2014

Young ran for election to the U.S. House, representing the 6th Congressional District of Kentucky. He was defeated by Elisabeth Jensen in the Democratic primary on May 20, 2014.[3]

U.S. House, Kentucky District 6 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngElisabeth Jensen 60.9% 46,727
Geoff Young 39.1% 30,035
Total Votes 76,762
Source: Kentucky State Board of Elections

2012

See also: Kentucky House of Representatives elections, 2012

Young ran in the 2012 election for Kentucky House of Representatives District 45 and was defeated by incumbent Stan Lee in the general election on November 6, 2012.[15]

Kentucky House of Representatives, District 45, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngStan Lee Incumbent 66.4% 16,035
     Independent Breck Withers 24.9% 6,015
     Green Geoff Young 8.7% 2,110
Total Votes 24,160

Campaign contributions

2014

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Young's reports.[16]

Geoff Young (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[17]April 15, 2014$0$50,600$(1,300)$49,464
Pre-Primary[18]May 13, 2014$49,464$203$(20,532)$29,135
Running totals
$50,803$(21,832)

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 The Courier-Journal, "New gubernatorial candidate touts 'BS detector'," November 17, 2014
  2. Kentucky Secretary of State, "Information for Cherokee Schill, Candidate for Lieutenant Governor," January 27, 2015
  3. 3.0 3.1 Associated Press, "Primary election results," accessed May 20, 2014
  4. Linkedin, "Geoffrey Young," accessed November 18, 2014
  5. Kentucky Secretary of State, "Information for Geoffrey M. "Geoff" Young, Candidate for Governor," December 1, 2014
  6. National Conference of State Legislatures, "State Limits on Contributions to Candidates," updated January 20, 2010
  7. The Courier-Journal, "Koch brothers-related PAC in Kentucky gov race," March 28, 2015
  8. The Courier-Journal, "Wealthy businessman funding Comer PAC," April 3, 2015
  9. CN2, "Pro-Comer PAC urging voters to get behind its candidate in new TV spot," April 3, 2015
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 The Courier-Journal, "Lt. gov. candidate faces charges over outbursts," February 15, 2015
  11. Huffington Post, "Johnathan Masters, Kentucky Lt. Gov. Candidate, Arrested ... For An Overdue Library Book?," March 13, 2015
  12. Fox News, "Kentucky candidate says he was arrested for overdue library book," March 12, 2015
  13. Kentucky Registry of Election Finance, "Candidate Search Results," accessed April 24, 2015
  14. Kentucky Registry of Election Finance, "Candidate Search Results," accessed February 3, 2015
  15. Kentucky Secretary of State, 2012 general election candidate list, accessed November 2, 2012
  16. Federal Election Commission, "Geoff Young 2014 Summary reports," accessed May 15, 2014
  17. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed May 15, 2014
  18. Federal Election Commission, "Pre-Primary," accessed May 15, 2014