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James Glenn, Jr.
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Current candidacy
Running for Kentucky Treasurer
Current office
Kentucky House of Representatives District 13
In office
2007-Present
Term ends
January 1, 2017
Years in position 8
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$1,788.51/month
Per diem$135.30/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First elected2006
Next primaryMay 19, 2015
Next generalNovember 3, 2015
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Commissioner, City of Owensboro
2005-2006
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Wisconsin-Superior, 1971
Master'sUniversity of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, 1974
OtherEdD, University of Kentucky, 2001
Personal
Date of birthFebruary 17, 1948
Place of birthBirmingham, AL
ProfessionAssociate Professor, Owensboro Community and Technical College
ReligionChristian
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
James Glenn, Jr. (b. February 17, 1948) is a Democratic member of the Kentucky House of Representatives, representing District 13. He was first elected to the chamber in 2006. He served as an Owensboro City Commissioner from 2005-2006.

Glenn is a candidate for Kentucky Treasurer in the 2015 elections. He filed his candidacy with the Kentucky Secretary of State on January 26, 2015.[1]

Biography

Glenn's professional experience includes working as an associate professor at Owensboro Community and Technical College and adjunct faculty of Brescia University.[2]

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

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

Kentucky Committee Assignments, 2015
Agriculture and Small Business
Appropriations and Revenue
Education
State Government, Vice Chair
Veterans, Military Affairs and Public Safety
Agriculture
Appropriations and Revenue
Education
Veterans, Military Affairs and Public Protection

2013-2014

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

Kentucky Committee Assignments, 2013
Agriculture and Small Business
Appropriations and Revenue
Education
State Government, Vice chair
Veterans, Military Affairs and Public Safety

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Glenn 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


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.[3]

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.[3]

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.[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.

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)[5]

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)[5]

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)[5]

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)[5]

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)[6]

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)[6]

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)[6]

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)[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

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 Jim Glenn defeated Jeremy Warfield in the Democratic primary, while Alan Braden ran unopposed in the Republican primary. Glenn defeated Braden in the general election.[8][9][10]

Kentucky House of Representatives, District 13 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJim Glenn Incumbent 52.3% 6,253
     Republican Alan Braden 47.7% 5,708
Total Votes 11,961

2012

See also: Kentucky House of Representatives elections, 2012

Glenn won re-election in the 2012 election for Kentucky House of Representatives District 13. He defeated Jeremy Warfield in the Democratic primary on May 22, 2012, and defeated Independent Bill Barron in the general election on November 6, 2012.[11][12]

Kentucky House of Representatives, District 13, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJames Glenn, Jr. Incumbent 50.8% 7,991
     Independent Bill Barron 49.2% 7,740
Total Votes 15,731
Kentucky House of Representatives, District 13 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJim Glenn Incumbent 79% 2,018
Jeremy Warfield 21% 538
Total Votes 2,556

2010

See also: Kentucky House of Representatives elections, 2010

Glenn's opponent in the November 2 general election was Republican candidate Ben Boarman. According to official results, Glenn defeated Boarman by a margin of 6,272 to 6,066.[13]


Kentucky House of Representatives, District 13 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png James Glenn, Jr. (D) 6,272
Ben Boarman (R) 6,066

Glenn ran unopposed in the May 18 Democratic primary.

2008

On November 4, 2008, Glenn was re-elected to the 13th District Seat in the Kentucky House of Representatives, defeating Ben Boarman (R).[14] Glenn raised $67,841 for his campaign, while Boarman raised $41,791.[15]

Kentucky House of Representatives, District 13 (2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.pngJames Glenn, Jr. (D) 10,739 61.8%
Ben Boarman (R) 6,649 38.2%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Glenn is available dating back to 2003. Based on available campaign finance records, Glenn raised a total of $404,507 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 12, 2013.[16]

James Glenn, Jr.'s Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Kentucky State House, District 13 Won $178,497
2010 Kentucky State House, District 13 Won $74,678
2008 Kentucky State House, District 13 Won $67,841
2006 Kentucky State House, District 13 Won $65,633
2003 Kentucky State Auditor Defeated $17,858
Grand Total Raised $404,507

2012

Glenn won re-election to the Kentucky House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Glenn raised a total of $178,497.

2010

Glenn won re-election to the Kentucky House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Glenn raised a total of $74,678.

2008

Glenn won re-election to the Kentucky House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Glenn raised a total of $67,841.

2006

Glenn won election to the Kentucky House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Glenn raised a total of $65,633.

2003

Glenn lost the election for the Kentucky Auditor of Public Accounts in 2003. During that election cycle, Glenn raised a total of $17,858.

Personal

Glenn and his wife, Cornelia, have two children.[17]

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References

  1. Kentucky Secretary of State, "Information for Jim Glenn, Candidate for State Treasurer," January 26, 2015
  2. Project Vote Smart - Rep. Glenn
  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. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 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 Kenny Imes on March 4, 2015
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Responses to survey sent to Ballotpedia by Rick Nelson on April 17, 2015
  7. Kentucky Registry of Election Finance, "Candidate Search Results," accessed January 25, 2015
  8. Kentucky Secretary of State, "Candidate Filings with the Office of the Secretary of State," accessed October 29, 2014
  9. Kentucky Secretary of State, "Official 2014 Primary Election Results," accessed October 29, 2014
  10. Kentucky Secretary of State, "Official 2014 General Election Results," accessed December 5, 2014
  11. Kentucky Secretary of State, "Official 2012 Primary Election Results," accessed March 13, 2014
  12. Kentucky Secretary of State, "Official 2012 General Election Results," accessed March 13, 2014
  13. Kentucky State Board of Elections, "Official 2010 General Election Results," accessed April 30, 2014
  14. Kentucky State Board of Elections, "Report of 'Official' Election Night Tally Results," November 26, 2008
  15. Follow the Money, "General Election Results," accessed March 13, 2014
  16. followthemoney.org, "Glenn, Jim," accessed June 12, 2013
  17. Project Vote Smart, "Biography," accessed June 2, 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Joe Bowen
Kentucky House of Representatives District 13
2007–present
Succeeded by
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