Man denied marriage license by Kim Davis announces campaign to replace her
David Ermold, an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Pikeville and Director of Administration for Morehead Pride, Inc., announced his candidacy for Rowan County Clerk Wednesday in Morehead.
Ermold was one of the men denied a marriage license in 2015 by current County Clerk, Kim Davis, who refused to issue licenses citing religious opposition to same sex marriages.
Davis spent five days in jail over her refusal to issue licenses. Same-sex marriages were ruled legal nationwide following a Supreme Court case that same year.
"I am honored to announce my candidacy for Rowan County Clerk," Ermold said in a press release. "I am running to restore the confidence of the people in our clerk's office and because I believe that the leaders of our community should act with integrity and fairness, and they should put the needs of their constituents first."
Davis, who has held the position since 2014, has said she plans to run for re-election. Three other candidates have also announced plans to run for the position in Rowan County, James Jessee, Elwood Caudill and Nashia Fife.